Harrogate dog owners are urged to ensure their pets vaccinations are up to date, after the parvovirus death of a young dog in Bilton.
In the past three weeks, one dog has died with a confirmed case of the contagious virus, and another, in an unconnected case, died of highly suspected parvovirus.
The dogs were taken to Crab Lane Vets. Veterinary surgeon Dr Allison Gleadhill of the Bilton practice has advised dog owners to take steps to ensure their pet is protected.
Dr Gleadhill told the Harrogate Advertiser: “I would say to dog owners, make sure your shots are up to date, especially with puppies.
“You are much more likely to find the parvovirus in a young dog.
“If less dogs get their booster, we are likely to see more cases.
“We have a high level of vaccination completion in Harrogate, but one of the dogs was vaccinated and still got the virus.”
Dr Gleadhill contacted Twitter service @ParvoAlert, which broadcasts the postcode of areas affected by the virus.
She added: “If other vets see the alert on Twitter, they will have higher levels of suspicion.
“In Harrogate we probably haven’t had a suspected case for six years.
“You don’t see the virus anywhere near as much as in the past.
“In previous cases, the dogs were from shelters outside the town, but these dogs are from Harrogate.”
The parvovirus is highly contagious, and mainly affects young dogs, although any breed can be affected.
Nationwide service @ParvoAlert tweets the postcode of areas where the virus has been identified.