AN outbreak of the deadly and highly contagious parvovirus has triggered an appeal to get dogs inoculated.
Prospect House Veterinary Clinic has received three dogs in the last 10 days suffering from the disease, all from the Peulwys estate in Llysfaen.
Parvovirus can have a mortality rate as severe as 91% when untreated.
Dogs that catch the disease show symptoms within three to seven days, these can include lethargy, vomiting and a fever.
On Facebook they wrote: “If possible, anybody taking possession of a new dog should find out what it’s vaccination status is, or in the case of a puppy, the mothers’ vaccination status.
“Please check that your dog is protected before we have an epidemic.”
The disease does not affect cats or other animals.
Vet John Barton from Barton’s veterinary surgery on Conwy Road was fearful the outbreak got worse.
He said: “There is always a risk when a large amount of dogs are not vaccinated and at the minute, because of the recession, people don’t want to pay or haven’t been able to.
“But now it is crucial. It’s a highly contagious disease, anywhere where an infected