Published: 21/01/2014 11:15:38
INFORMATION ON NEW FOREST DOG DEATHS
A number of dog deaths in the New Forest in Hampshire has prompted vets to investigate a mystery dog illness.
Dog owners are advised to look out for wounds or lesions on the limbs or face of their dog which will not heal. Affected dogs then go on to develop signs of severe depression, loss of appetite, and vomiting, quickly accompanied by acute injury to the kidneys, which is understood to have proven fatal in some cases.
The actual cause of acute kidney failure, and its link to the initial wounds, is a mystery. This forms the focus of the current investigation which is being led by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Winchester in collaboration with Forest Veterinary Clinic in Fordingbridge - the area which has been most affected. Lynwood Vets is also closely involved with the investigation, as it has seen a number of cases.
David Walker, Head of Internal Medicine at Anderson Moores, said: “We are working with a number of veterinary and medical colleagues to try and identify the cause of this concerning cluster of cases as quickly as we can. Pet owners should seek veterinary attention if they identify a wound on their dog’s legs or face. “
It is important for dog owners walking their pets in the New Forest to be vigilant. If your dog develops the clinical signs as mentioned above, seek advice from your local vet immediately.
The AHT continues to offer support to the investigation and has made a questionnaire, aimed at gathering information on the illness, available on its website for dog owners to complete. If you have walked your dog in the New Forest Fordingbridge area since the beginning of 2014, please complete this questionnaire, even if your dog has not been affected.
If you are a dog owner and have any concerns or questions, please direct your enquiries to Forest Veterinary Clinic on 01425 652221 or by emailing: forestvetsAKI@aol.co.uk If you are a vet, please direct your enquiries to Anderson Moores on 01962 767920 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information and advice about New Forest dog deaths can be found on the Anderson Moores' website.