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Dogs in Cornwall fall ill with vomiting bug

Dogs in Cornwall fall ill with vomiting bug

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 8th February 2020.

Pirate FM understands that several dogs in Cornwall have fallen ill with a vomiting bug that is sweeping across the UK.

Vets are warning dog owners to remain calm but vigilant, as an unusually high number of cases of gastroenteritis is being seen in pets across the country.

The condition causes acute, profuse vomiting, lethargy and diarrhoea.

There have been a number of reports in the north and south east areas of Cornwall.

Vets4Pets in Launceston says it has seen 11 cases within the past week, and all the dogs brought in have been responding well to treatment.

 "They are presenting with severe sickness, pyrexia, and lethargy.

"All dogs brought into our veterinary practice have responded well to supportive treatment and IV therapy.

"If your dog presents with these symptons please seek veterinary advice."

Vets4Pets Launceston

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What are the symptoms?

    • Affected dogs are vomiting a lot more frequently than is typically seen with canine gastroenteritis.
    • The frequency and persistence of the vomiting is quite unusual, and so it makes cases stand out.
    • In some cases, dogs have been vomiting profusely for up to five days, with five or more bouts within a 12-hour period. 
    • Some are also suffering from diarrhoea and are lethargic and off their food.

What is the advice?

Vets4Pets has noticed a spike in cases across its practices within recent weeks, and is now offering advice to owners on what signs to look out for and the best next steps to take if they think their dog has contracted the virus.

Should an owner suspect that their dog may be suffering from this condition, they should immediately contact their local veterinary practice for advice.
 
This is obviously a very unpleasant condition for dogs, and so the quicker owners act, the faster their dog can get treatment. 
 
There is some anecdotal evidence that affected dogs can transmit the disease to other dogs, which is why it is important that owners keep an eye out for any signs of the condition and then contact their veterinary practice if their dog begins to display any.

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"Our vets across the UK have reported a general increase in cases of this condition, so we need to make dog owners aware of what signs they should be looking out for."

Dr Samantha Butler-Davies, vet and veterinary clinical services manager at Vets4Pets

She added: "The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) at the University of Liverpool is currently investigating the potential outbreak, so it is also important that any vets that see a case pass the information on to this organisation to help them monitor the situation and then give the best advice on any future control measures.
 
"This is obviously very worrying for dog owners throughout the UK, but it is important that they remain calm, but vigilant, and contact their local vets if they have any concerns."

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