The Nova Scotia SPCA is alerting dog owners about a number of cases of the potentially fatal canine parvovirus being reported through HRM.

The SPCA says in the last two weeks it has seen at least 15 reported cases about this disease and suspect the “unusually high” figure is probably even higher.

Canine parvovirus is a contagious viral disease that typically sees puppies more susceptible, but the SPCA says all unvaccinated dogs are at risk. The disease is transmitted through contact with affected dogs with warning signs including vomiting and diarrhea, which can be bloody.

The SPCA advises that owners make sure their dogs are up-to-date on vaccinations and to see a veterinarian if their animals have been infected or exposed.