Dogs across the UK catching severe mystery illness

January 21, 2022

Hundreds of dogs have fallen ill after reportedly catching a mystery bug on walks along the UK coastline and other hotspots. Our Molesey Vets have been following this story and have put together a summary of the latest news to help East Molesey dog owners.

Read the symptoms below and call us if your dog becomes unwell on 0208 979 1384.

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The mystery illness has been reported by dog owners who have visited beaches including those in Hampshire, Southport, Merseyside, and Skegness. There have also been reports of dogs becoming unwell after walking along canals and at local inland dog hotspots.

The exact cause of the mystery illnesses remains unclear, though owners have been speculating that it could be a viral infection that is being passed between dogs. Some owners are now taking to Facebook groups to discuss the illnesses, which have affected dogs throughout the UK.

The British Veterinary Association has said it is aware of reports, but that at this stage there is no evidence to suggest walks on the beach are to blame.

Dog owners have been warned to watch out for signs that their pets are displaying symptoms of the mystery illness. So far, hundreds of animals have been left ‘limp and lifeless with severe sickness and diarrhoea’, and some with lung infections.

Dogs struck down with this illness are typically requiring supportive veterinary care including fluid therapy and hospitalisation.

If your dog becomes unwell, give our team at Molesey vets a call on 0208 979 1384 straight away.

Our Molesey Vets team also advise dog owners to check their pet insurance policy to ensure it has not lapsed. Hospitalisation and intensive care can become costly depending on how long the pet needs it, and if treatment at a specialist referral centre is necessary. Pet insurance can help owners get the care their pet needs rather than what they can afford at the time.

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