This is the last of our blog series regarding Emerging diseases in dogs. So far we have discussed Alabama rot and Babesiosis. The final disease we would like our dog owners to know about it Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI).

SCI was first seen in the Autumn of 2009 and 2010, when reports came in of dogs becoming seriously ill after walking in the countryside especially wooded areas particularly Norfolk and Nottinghamshire.

Cases have typically been seen between August and November. Clinical signs can occur within 24 hours of walking the dog in wooded areas and include severe vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking, trembling and fever.

Currently the cause of this illness is not know, fungi, poisons, mushroom toxicity, blue-green algae, bracken spores and harvest mites have all been considered. However no common link has been found between all the cases, so at this point in time there is no known cause. As the cause is unknown there are few preventative measures that can be taken but consideration to applying topical prevention for harvest mites before a walk or ensuring your dog does not go off lead in woodland areas in certain regions between August and November are the main precautions we talk to our dog owners about.

The main message is that if your dog becomes ill showing signs of vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy after walking in woodlands please contact your local Swayne & Partners branch as soon as possible. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact your local branch.

For more information about Emerging Diseases please join us at our Bury St Edmunds branch on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 7.30pm. The talk is free of charge please contact our Bury St Edmunds surgery on 01284 701444.