Multiple cases of mystery dog illness
The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has confirmed that it has had reports of suspected cases of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) from all of its five study sites since the end of August.
While it is not known whether there have been any fatal cases as yet, SCI claimed the lives of several dogs during autumn 2009, 2010 and 2011 and dog owners are advised to be vigilant for symptoms, and vets to report any suspected cases to the AHT.
Charlotte Robin, SCI Research Co-ordinator at the AHT, said: “We have had a great response to our online SCI questionnaire from dog owners with more than 200 questionnaires completed to date. Of these, there have been 14 suspected cases of SCI reported to us.
“These 14 cases are those which fit our case definition. There could, of course, be more cases that are occurring but have not been reported to us.”
The AHT’s investigation continues at five previously-affected sites across England, all of which have had cases reported at them since the end of August:
- Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
- Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk
- Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
- Sherwood Forest*, Nottinghamshire
- Thetford Forest, Norfolk.
Whilst the AHT’s investigation focusses on these five study sites, the veterinary charity is quick to highlight that dogs could be at risk of SCI walking in any woodland during autumn, so it advises dog owners to remain vigilant and seek veterinary advice immediately if they suspect their dog has SCI.
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