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
- SAVSNET is collecting details on suspected cases
- Information can be sought and submitted here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/savsnet/dog-vomiting-potential-outbreak/
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.