Dog Owners Warned Of Seasonal Canine Illness Outbreak

The changing seasons affect us all, with the onset of autumn and the suggestion of winter chill becoming more noticeable every day.

Far from simply feeling it’s physical effects, the weather affects us in a variety of ways, with the shorter days leading to earlier nights and an increasing struggle to get out of bed every morning – with the same true for our pets, too!

While the slightest chill can bring about considerable illness, a new disease epidemic is causing concern amongst dog owners…

Dog owners are being warned over a potential epidemic of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) is breaking out in woods, parks and gardens across the UK.

The killer disease has recently flared up in Norfolk, with a case being reported to Haven Vet Surgery in Great Yarmouth.

Usually striking between September – November, the case has raised fears of a new epidemic. Breaking out in woods, parks and gardens, the illness is passed when dogs walk through areas of fallen leaves. Without immediate treatment, it can prove fatal.

First diagnosed at Sandringham in 2009, several dogs have since died from the illness, leading to the Queen’s staff posting warning notices around the estate to make dog owners aware of the danger.

Issuing a warning to dog owners, a spokesperson for the Animal Health Trust has said:

“We would never want to say to people ‘do not go to the woods’ because the percentage of dogs that get ill is small.

Our advice would be to be as vigilant as possible and do not take any chances.

We do not know what causes it but if you think there is something wrong with your dog just go to the vets, do not delay.

It does come on so quickly but with treatment a lot of dogs do pull through.”

Symptoms of SCI to look out for in your dog include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy

Signs of SCI usually appear within 72 hours. If you notice any of the above, or any other considerable changes in your dog’s behaviour, we recommend seeking veterinary advice immediately.

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