Profit before health: Parvovirus on the rise in Britain due to breeders not vaccinating
It’s well known that unscrupulous breeders and puppy farmers put profit before health when it comes to breeding and selling puppies. Not vaccinating dogs against deadly diseases is just one of the ways greedy breeders save money, and this is now having a devasting effect in the UK.
In 48 hours, there was 12 confirmed cases of Parvovirus in Lincolnshire alone, with many more dogs being affected in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland.
Parvovirus is one of the most deadly diseases to affect dogs and is highly contagious; spreading easily from saliva and faeces. Puppies that are bred on puppy farms or in poor, unhygienic conditions are particularly susceptible due to the unsanitary conditions they’re kept in. The fact these breeders put profit before health, it goes without saying, these pups are rarely vaccinated or will often come with false paperwork.
Parvovirus attacks a dogs’ stomach and intestines, preventing it from absorbing essential nutrients. Dogs will become sick, have diarrhoea often with blood in, may collapse, lose their appetite and have a fever. In many cases, this leads to death.
There is no cure for Parvovirus but with quick and correct veterinary treatment, the symptoms can be managed, usually with intravenous fluids and medication to prevent vomiting. Vaccinating puppies and dogs will help prevent a dog from catching the deadly disease and stop it spreading further.
The spike in the number of dogs and puppies contracting Parvovirus is worrying and many believe it is linked to the increased number of people buying unvaccinated puppies from greedy breeders or puppy farms, often unknowingly. In Lincolnshire, there has been 12 confirmed cases of Parvovirus in 48 hours, with one Labrador puppy named Otter, requiring £4000 worth of veterinary treatment.
Otter was sold online when he was 10 weeks old and unvaccinated. His owners were unable to pay his veterinary bill, so as well as being on the brink of death, Otter was also without a family. Luckily for Otter, he was adopted by the person who treated him, Martina Eyre-Brook.
Martina explained how she thought Otter may not be able to be saved. After 5 days of extensive treatment, he was still not responding and continuing to vomit. Miraculously, just as hope was fading for Otter, he stopped being sick and began to show signs of improvement. Otter is now recovering well thanks to Martina.
With the increased number of dogs contracting Parvovirus, buyers are being advised to ensure they carry out thorough research before purchasing a puppy and ensure all vaccinations are up to date before bringing their dog home.
If your puppy or dog becomes ill and is showing any of the signs of this disease, it’s imperative to seek veterinary immediately. Sadly, too many dogs are dying from this preventable disease.