26 January 2022

A New Sickness Bug?

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Claire Smith, Vet

As you may have heard on the news, vets are seeing more cases of vomiting and diarrhoea at the moment. The cause is not clear, it could be bacterial but more likely viral. The good news is that most dogs appear to be recovering well with symptomatic treatment (maintaining food and fluid intake, anti-nausea and anti-diarrhoea treatments are all methods of treatment depending on the severity).

In the UK pet disease levels are monitored closely by the University of Liverpool’s Small Animal Surveillance Network. Here’s a link to view their most recent monitoring http://shorturl.at/ixQU6.

You can see from their data that cases of vomiting and diarrhoea have a peak most years in January. So at present it is unclear if we are experiencing a seasonal spike or a new outbreak. It is also not clear how this is spreading between dogs.

If your dog appears unwell, it would be sensible to limit contact with any other dogs to prevent spread. Please contact us early on if they appear unwell and you’d like any help or advice as these types of cases are best caught early to improve the chances of a rapid recovery.

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