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Kennel Club issues advice after dog show winner develops parvo
3:20pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
THE Kennel Club has advised dog owners who are concerned about their pet’s health to visit a vet, after a dog which attended the Darlington Dog Show developed a contagious and deadly disease.
Exhibitor Norma Rylance’s two-year-old giant schnauzer, Chilli, was diagnosed with parvo type CPV-2c four days after winning the breed’s bitch class at the three-day show attended by 7,500 dogs at Ripon Racecourse.
Mrs Rylance, who said Chilli had been “really on form” when she attended the show on Saturday (September 14), had appeared unwell on Monday and a vet had took swabs before confirming she had the disease on Tuesday.
Mrs Rylance, of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said after being given antibiotics, Chilli had made a good recovery.
She said as soon as she was informed of the diagnosis she alerted the Kennel Club and the dog show’s secretary as well as issuing alerts on several social media websites.
She told the Dog World website: "There’s clamour on the internet that Giants should not be taken to the Driffield Dog Show [which started yesterday] (Thursday, September 19); it seems to be causing mass hysteria, sometimes I worry someone’s going to get lynched.
Sarah Allsopp, the show’s chairman, said yesterday (Thursday, September 19) that no other exhibitors had reported cases of the disease, which can incubate for up to ten days.
She said: “The owner has informed the society her dog appeared to be quite fit and well during her visit to the show.”
A spokeswoman for the Kennel Club, which is dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of dogs, said it remained unclear where Chilli had contracted parvo.
She said: “If any exhibitors are concerned they should consult their own vets and let them know of the circumstances.”
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