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Warning For Dog Owners - Mystery Disease

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Warning For Dog Owners - Mystery Disease

Post by littlepixie on 22.10.10 23:04

Mystery: A killer disease affecting dogs has spread to the Queen's Sandringham Estate, in Norfolk

Dog owners have been warned about a mystery bug that is killing their pets.More than 12 dogs have died from the illness and dozens of others left sick, dehydrated and with breathing difficulties.Areas where cases have been reported include Cornwall, Sherwood Forest, inNottinghamshire, and the Queen's estate in Sandringham, Norfolk.It is the second year running that the disease has struck, affecting dogs taken on woodland and country walks.Experts have been left baffled by the cause and have launched an urgent investigation.A warning about 'several incidents of dogs falling ill with anenteritis-like sickness' has been placed on the official website ofthe Sandringham Estate.It adds: ''As this appears not to have been a one-off event, the estate hasasked the Animal Health Trust to investigate these incidents and to tryto identify the cause.'
The Queen traditionally takes her beloved corgis to the estate when the royal family stay there over the Christmas period.Symptoms of the bug include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and breathing difficulties.
One theory suggested the affected dogs could have lapped at stagnant puddlesinfected with deadly blue-green algae. Just a tiny particle of the algae isenough to kill a dog.There have also been claims that dogs may have eaten poisonous fungi, or the potentially pethal parvo virus has spread.A spokesman for the Animal Health Trust (AHT) said other areas where cases had been reported included Thetford Forest, in Norfolk, and Clumber Park, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.He said: 'Currently, vets and scientists are baffled by the cause.'The AHT has launched an investigation to try and find out thesource of the illness which develops suddenly and causes vomiting,diarrhea and lethargy.'
The charity is appealing for owners who have taken their pets to the sites to get in touch.Natural England initially suspected a tick or mite could have caused the deaths, but none were found on the dogs who died.And estateworkers at Sandringham had thought the symptoms could have beencaused by the parvo virus.But the virus is mostly found in dogs thathave not been vaccinated and all of the dogs treated by local vets hadalready had the treatment.Another cause ruled out by Natural England is poisoning from chemicals like strychnine or cyanide.The Environment Agency is testing water in the area to see if the blue-green algae is present at the sites, with the results due later this month.The Forestry Commission has put up signs to warn pet owners.

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Post by littlepixie on 22.10.10 23:07

Funnily enough even though I am nowhere near that area I had a customer whose dog died in similar mysterious circumstances last week. The symtoms she described were very much like parvo and the dog died really quickly.
Her dog was vaccinated up to date.

The vet saw it twice and had no idea what was wrong with it.

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