Wakefield vet issues warning to dog owners over potentially fatal condition after woodland walks
Dog owners are being warned of a potentially fatal condition caused by dogs being walked in woodland.
Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) is a relatively rare condition that typically affects dogs between August and November.
It has a rapid onset and is potentially fatal.
"However, dogs usually become ill with vomiting, diarrhoea and general lethargy within three days of being walked in woodland.
“The condition can be particularly prevalent when the weather is very dry, which means the woodland floor is also very dry. This can lead to more harvest mites, which are commonly seen on dogs with SCI.
“It is normally treated with a mixture of drugs and intravenous fluids and the majority of cases will recover in around a week.
“If you’re worried your dog is showing symptoms please contact a vet immediately for advice and prompt treatment because SCI can become severe very quickly and, sadly, some dogs do not survive.”
Signs of Seasonal Canine Illness
Signs usually appear in dogs following a walk in a wooded area. The signs are non-specific so it be missed.
But if your dog is vomiting or lethargic after recently being exercised in woodland then contact your vet immediately.
Symptoms to look out for include:
What to do while out on a walk with your dog
Use a lead during woodland walks
Keep your dog well hydrated after a walk
Check your dog regularly for harvest mites
Be vigilant for symptoms of SCI in the days following woodland walks
If your dog is vomiting contact your vet immediately.