Warning: High numbers of dogs are suffering from a violent gastroenteritis bug in the Midlands and beyond!

At Churchcroft we are seeing a higher than usual occurrence of gastroenteritis in dogs which is fitting with a wider phenomenon as reported by The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET).  So far we have found that the cases we have seen- whilst clearly being poorly- have responded well to treatment. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) advise that with prompt veterinary treatment almost all dogs make a full recovery from this uncommonly violent gastric bug.

How Is This Vomiting Bug Different?

According to Vet Dr Danielle Greenberg of SAVSNET, this vomiting bug is unusual due to:

  • Prolific vomiting of 5 or more episodes in a 12 hour period which can stop for a period (such as overnight) and then starts again
  • Dogs are often unable to keep water down at peak vomiting stage
  • Anorexia and lethargy for 2-5 days
  • Diarrhoea: Most dogs have ‘gravy-like’ diarrhoea
  • Full recovery can take 5-10 days

What We Know So Far:

  • This outbreak is affecting areas across the Midlands, Wales, the North of England and Northern Ireland
  • The illness is most likely a virus but has not yet been identified.
  • Seems to be dog-specific, thankfully humans don’t appear to be at risk.
  • This is not caused by Parvo or Salmonella

Taking Action:

We are pleased to report that owners have been diligent in bringing their companions in for treatment without delay and by doing this they are limiting the possible spread of disease.

If you are concerned that your dog might have this nasty bug, please book an appointment online or call us on 0115 922 4855 for advice and swift treatment.