Seasonal Canine Illness: Do You Know the Signs?

Seasonal Canine Illness: Do You Know the Signs?

Several cases of a mysterious illness that can affect dogs of all shapes and sizes have been reported in the last month.  The affects of the illness - known as Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) - can take affect quickly and can be fatal if left untreated. It’s important that dog owners are aware of the signs so they can seek treatment immediately.
Two dogs were left fighting for their life last week after contracting SCI following a walk in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, with other suspected cases reported in Coventry and Doncaster in the last few weeks. Sandringham estate also warned owners of SCI after 15 dogs were thought to have contracted the illness in one month last year.

The causes behind the disease are unknown but the Animal Health Trust says it can affect any dog that has been walked in woodland in autumn and signs of the illness become apparent between 24 and 72 hours.

Common reported symptoms are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea (which can vary from watery to bloody)
  • Tummy (abdominal) pain
  • Lethargy (or reluctance to move)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shaking or trembling
  • High temperature (fever)
If your dog is showing any of these symptoms and you suspect they may have SCI, contact your vet immediately. For more information go to the Animal Health Trust's website.
Jessica Barratt

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