Published: 13/09/2012 11:06:52
Seasonal canine illness
The AHT can confirm that we have had reports of suspected cases of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) from all of our five study sites since the end of August 2012.
SCI claimed the lives of several dogs during autumn 2009, 2010 and 2011, however we have not been able to confirm if there have been any fatal cases in 2012 to date.
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 300 questionnaires from our study sites completed to date. Of these, there have been 80 suspected cases of SCI reported to us from our study sites.”
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, we want to highlight that dogs could be at risk of SCI walking in any woodland during autumn, so we advise dog owners to remain vigilant and seek veterinary advice immediately if they suspect their dog has SCI.
Dog owners are advised to look out for vomiting, diarrhoea or lethargy which usually appears within 24 to 72 hours of dogs having walked in woodland in autumn. The AHT advises any dog owners who see these signs in their pet to seek veterinary advice immediately.
We are continuing to ask dog owners to help with the investigation.
Charlotte Robin, added: “We need dog owners to help us in two ways. Firstly, by completing our online SCI questionnaire - the more information we can gather through the questionnaires the better chance we have of identifying the cause of this mystery illness.
“Secondly, we hope dog owners will help us to spread the word about SCI to other dog owners. Updates on social media, or dog walking forums or even a quick chat with dog owners you meet whilst out walking, will all help to minimise the impact of SCI in 2012.”
To find out more about seasonal canine illness, please see our SCI specific web pages here
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