Information for Veterinary Surgeons
Updated July 2015
Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) is a recently emerged disorder of unknown aetiology in Great Britain.
SCI is particularly associated with dogs being walked in woodland areas in the autumn months, and presents as a sudden onset syndrome of vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy, which if not treated appropriately may proceed to recumbency and death.
Most cases do recover over a seven-10 day period, especially when receiving re-hydration therapy.
The current case definition is acute onset gastrointestinal signs in dogs, between 24 and 72 hours of having walked in a woodland area.
The clinical signs include:
Vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, abdominal pain, anorexia, pyrexia, and muscular tremors.
No cases of Seasonal Canine Illness have been referred to the Animal Health Trust, however based on clinical reports from cases treated by veterinary surgeons close to sites in East Anglia, the Midlands and Nottinghamshire that have been treating cases, the most common treatment is intra-venous fluid therapy, supportive care and in some cases, antibiotic-therapy.
Unfortunately the Animal Health Trust, as a specialist referral centre, cannot offer advice on the specific treatment of patients as they are not animals under their care, however if you are a veterinary surgeon and wish a patient to be referred to the Small Animal Centre, please contact the centre on: 01638 552700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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