SEASONAL CANINE ILLNESS (SCI)
The AHT has been investigating seasonal canine illness (SCI) since September 2010.
Cases of this mystery illness are generally seen between August and November. SCI can affect dogs of any size, shape or sex and it causes dogs to become very ill, very quickly after being walked in woodland.
The most common clinical signs are sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy typically experienced within 72 hours of walking in woodland. If you suspect your dog is showing signs of SCI then please contact your vet immediately.
The AHT is unable to advise on specific cases, or offer specific or individual advice on where you should or shouldn’t walk your dog during SCI season.
The cause of SCI is still unknown and there are no known preventive measures. You may wish to ask your vet about topical spray treatments for mites to apply to your dog immediately before a walk.
If you have walked your dog in any of our five study sites: Sandringham Estate or Thetford Forest, Norfolk, Sherwood Forest or Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire or Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, please complete our online questionnaire – regardless of whether your dog was taken ill or not.
To download our seasonal canine illness information sheet, please click here.