Parvo puppies recover

Jack, being nursed by'head veterinary nurse Helen Fitzgerald at Chantry Vets
Jack, being nursed by'head veterinary nurse Helen Fitzgerald at Chantry Vets

TWO puppies which were diagnosed with a deadly disease have made a full recovery and returned home.

Last month city vets joined forces to warn dog owners about parvovirus, which attacks the lining of an infected dog’s digestive system, leaving it unable to absorb nutrients or liquid.

Staff at Calder Vets and Chantry Vets have both nursed three-month-old labrador puppies which were diagnosed with it.

Eric and Jack, believed to be from the same litter, received round the clock intensive care in isolation.

Simon Tidswell of Sandal is the owner of Jack, who was treated at Chantry Vets.

He said: “It has been very emotional as he looked like he was at death’s door.

“But he is now a lovely bouncy puppy and is putting weight back on day by day.

“Both puppies looked like skeletons two weeks ago, but they are now at home.

“We just want to make dog owners aware and make sure they get their dogs vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The puppies were cared for by using a new treatment called Virbagen Omega.

Simon Boulton, product manager for manufacturer Virbac, said: “Parvovirus is a serious threat to dogs and is particularly dangerous because it can spread so quickly.

“We’re delighted to hear that these puppies are getting back to full health and hope they go on to lead long and happy lives with their owners.”