Virbac Animal Health has launched a twitter-based early warning system to alert vets and dog owners of cases of canine parvovirus (CPV) in their area. The twitter feed @parvoalert updates followers on the geographic location of cases of the disease, using the first half of the relevant postcode.
    Virbac is asking vets and owners learning of a case to tweet the first half of the postcode where it occurs to @parvoalert and Virbac will then retweet it. It’s also advising vets and owners to check the feed regularly for news of cases. The service is free.
    According to Virbac, canine parvovirus causes terrible suffering to dogs and is often fatal. The virus attacks the lining of an infected dog’s digestive system, leaving it unable to absorb nutrients or liquid. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, depression and loss of appetite. Typically, the illness develops to cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Dehydration, shock and death can occur with the virus attacking the dog’s heart and, in puppies, this can cause heart failure.

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