An important warning for dog owners in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.

The Herald Sun is reporting some 40 dogs have checked into one Surrey Hills vet with the same gastro symptoms – severe diarrhoea, blood-laced stool and some even struggling to stand.

Hawthorn East vet Dr Mark Matthews confirmed a spike in recent months and warned the virus can be passed onto humans.

“We do not want to panic people, as these diseases are always around in low numbers, however as we are seeing an increased number recently, we want to remind people to pay careful attention to basic hygiene,” Dr Matthews said.

“Clean up faeces and avoid accidental faecal-oral transmission, washing hands regularly, avoid feeding your pet raw meat, freezing first reduces risk, and avoid shared water bowls.”