Canine seasonal illness
We have had a great response to our online SCI questionnaire from dog owners with more than 200 questionnaires completed for our study sites to date. Of these, there have been 14 suspected cases of SCI reported to us. We have had cases reported from each of our study sites.
These 14 cases are those which fit our case definition. There could, of course, be more cases that are occurring but have not been reported to us.
Please help us keep spreading the word so we can minimise the impact of SCI in 2012. From our knowledge of previous years we are now in peak SCI season so please remain vigilant for the clinical signs in your dog - diarrhoea, vomiting and lethargy.
If you see these signs in your dog shortly after walking in woodland, please access veterinary advice as soon as possible.
We're very grateful to everyone who is helping us spread the word. Please continue to do so - the more information we can gather through our questionnaires the better chance we have of identifying the cause of this mystery illness.
As soon as we have significant updates on SCI we will issue an e-alert informing you of the latest news
The AHT has just been made aware of a cluster of possible SCI cases near Thetford with dogs becoming ill with clinical signs matching those seen with SCI cases.
If you here of anymore cases please contact us by clicking this link
Seasonal canine illness
Monday 28 November 2011
UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF SEASONAL CANINE ILLNESS INVESTIGATION
AHT briefings bring vets and professionals up-to-speed with SCI investigation
Scientists and clinicians from the Suffolk-based Animal Health Trust (AHT) travelled
More than 50 veterinary professionals and stakeholders attended the briefings which were held on Monday 31 October and Wednesday 2 November.
Dr Richard Newton, of the AHT, who is leading the SCI investigation, said: “We are
“These briefings were designed to let those professionals closest to the investigation know what progress we’ve made and in what areas we still need their help.”
Dr Spencer stated that there was no obvious evidence of any plants, fungi, blue-green algae or bracken spore toxins, which have been proposed as causes, which would cause the clinical signs of SCI in dogs through direct contact.
Dr. Newton added: “Mark was confident that there was nothing obviously unusual
“Because of this we have been looking at other possible causes. Information made
The AHT is continuing its investigation based at five sites – Sandringham Estate and Thetford Forest in Norfolk, Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, and Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk.
It is still requesting that owners who have walked their dogs at any of the five study
The charity expects that the number of cases will start to rapidly decline in the next
To date there have been over 60 cases reported, a number of dogs have died and so far the cause remains unknown. Various theories have been put forward ranging from algal bloom to fungal spores and plant seeds, the only thing we can be certain of is that this illness seems to occur mainly in the months of August, September and October. So far since the beginning of August of this year there have already been over twelve cases in Norfolk alone.
Nottingham University in conjunction with the Forestry Commission and The Animal Health Trust are researching the illness and hope to have some clues as to the cause by Christmas.
For further information go to the Animal Health Trust web site where they have a questionnaire to fill in by anyone who has walked their dogs in the areas thought to be most at risk, whether or not the dogs have become sick.
What can you do to help your dogs:-
Avoid, if at all possible walking your dogs in any of the known areas at risk, and keep your dog on the lead in any area which could possibly be affected.
Seek veterinary help urgently if your dog becomes ill and displays any of the symptoms of SCI.
Be aware of where your dog is walking and what it may be eating or drinking.
Spread the word to other dog owners.
Collect and store samples of vomit, diarrhoea and anything your dog might have eaten or had contact with if your dog does become sick.
Inform PACT of any known cases and we will pass on your information to the relevant organisations. Tel 01362 820775 or email us