Seasonal Canine Illness – Heard of it? What is it?
Seasonal Canine Illness is considered a fairly new condition. With the first cases noted back in 2010, it is most commonly seen in animals during the autumn months of the year. Patients who develop symptoms have commonly visited woodland areas, and hotspots associated with the illness are Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park in Nottingham, Thetford Form and Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk and also the New Forest.
What symptoms are associated with the illness?
What is the cause?
Unfortunately the cause of this condition is still unknown. Some thoughts were that it was linked with the presence of certain fungi or algae, but following research into this it has been disproven.
Many dogs with the disease have been found to have harvest mites. These small bright orange mites are found in clusters on our pets, often between the toes, feet or ears. Research regarding this theory is still ongoing.
So how can I tell if my dog has the illness?
The most common symptoms that have been noted are vomiting and diarrhoea occurring rapidly within one to three days after a woodland walk. Any dog suspected to have this illness should be checked closely for any sign of harvest mites while the link between the conditions is investigated.
If your dog develops any of the symptoms listed, please call us for advice.
How can the illness be treated?
Symptomatic and supportive treatment at your veterinary practice will be required including anti-sickness medication, pain relief and fluid therapy. If harvest mites are present it will also be recommended for them to be treat against these.
If identified early, the prognosis is good and most dogs will make a full recovery after roughly seven to ten days. However in some cases the illness can be fatal.
If you are concerned please contact us for advice.