An urgent warning is being put out to Tendring’s dog owners to ensure their pets’ vaccinations are up to date after a puppy died of a highly contagious disease.

Tendring District Council (TDC) Dog Warden Adam McGoldrick was called out yesterday to the seriously ill Pit Bull type dog. It was being looked after at the Council’s boarding kennels having been picked up as a stray around two weeks ago. Mr McGoldrick contacted emergency vets in Witham but was told to go to Colchester as the 9-month-old pup would be seen more quickly. However, the dog collapsed at the vets and eventually had to be put to sleep as it was suffering from Parvovirus. Mr McGoldrick said that while talking to the vet he was told there had been a recent increase in the disease in the Tendring and Colchester areas.

Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said that Tendring has around 1,000 dog waste bins and litter bins across the District for disposing of dog waste. “It is vital that owners act responsibly and clear up their dog’s fouling in a bid to stop the spread of what is a very nasty, and sometimes deadly, disease. “Unfortunately, there is still a minority of irresponsible dog owners who are not doing so and it can have a devastating effect on other dogs and their owners.”

Dog owners are advised to contact their vet immediately should their dog be displaying any of the symptoms – which include vomiting and diarrhoea, lethargy and sometimes a fever. The virus is transmitted by oral contact with infected faeces and can be carried on the dog’s hair and feet, as well as on contaminated shoes and other objects. Parvovirus can affect dogs of all ages, but most cases occur in puppies from 6 to 20 weeks of age. TDC kennels are currently quarantined to prevent the spread of the disease.

In March TDC Dog Wardens dealt with a stray Staffordshire Bull Terrier, thought to be only a few months old. It was picked up in Clacton, was clearly unwell, and tested positive for Parvovirus. That puppy has since made a full recovery and has been rehomed. For further information on TDC’s Dog Warden service, visit the TDC website

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