Dog owners are being warned to get their pets vaccinated after two cases of canine parvo-virus were reported in the area.
Lancaster Veterinary Centre has treated one dog in Lancaster and one in Carnforth for the extremely infectious virus, which is fatal in 60 to 80% of cases.
Vet James Glass said: “Parvo-virus is pretty much around all the time but there are periods where it gets more of a hold and spreads.
“We are the ones nursing the dogs and a large proportion of them die.
“Make sure your dog has a full course of vaccinations and a booster at 15 months. However, that protection isn’t lifelong so you should get your pet vaccinated for parvo virus every three years as a routine. to keep things at bay.
“Parvo-virus progresses very rapidly in 12 to 24 hours, with severe vomiting and diarrhoea so we are starting from a losing position. We treat these animals very intensively but a high proportion still die.
“A vaccination course is less than £50 for a puppy and a booster is £35.
“To treat a dog for parvo-virus can cost £1,000 and there is no guarantee they will recover.”
“This virus gives no second chances.”
Animal rescue charity Animal Care had to shut its dog kennels temporarily recently to stop a mystery virus spreading.
The kennels have since reopened.
Abi Sadler, assistant manager at Animal Care, said: “Again, this is why it is so important for people to get all their vaccinations done for their pets.”
Canine parvovirus is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs.
Parvo is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their faeces.
Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases.
Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization.