Warning over Seasonal Canine Illness – what it is and how your can protect you dog – Leicestershire Live

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An alert has been issued to dog owners after a pet became ‘dangerously ill’ after walking in an East Midlands woodland.

A vets in Gainborough, Lincolnshire, has treated a pet for Seasonal Canine Illness after it picked up the disease walking in woods near the town according to Lincolnshire Live.

The illness was first picked up in this country in 2009 and their has been more outbreaks since.

Several dogs were reported to have died from the disease when it flared up again in 2016, and with cases this year already dog owners are being urged to know the telltale signs.

A spokesman for Animal Health Trust said: “We do not know what causes it but if you think there is something wrong with your dog just go to the vets, do not delay.

“It does come on so quickly but with treatment a lot of dogs do pull through.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the illness and how to keep your pooch safe:

What is it?

SCI is described as a mystery illness. No one knows what causes it.

But it is mainly found in autumn months, from August to November.

How do dogs get it?

The illness is usually spotted within three days of a dog being walked in a woodland area.

It can affect any dog who has been allowed off the lead in woodland, but small dogs are slightly more likely to be affected.

Animal Health Trust

What are the symptoms?

Dogs who contract the illness are hit with vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy.

How is it treated?

If you notice any of these symptoms and think it could be SCI, you should take your dog to the see a vet immediately.

Treatment for the specific disease is unknown, however vets will attempt to alleviate the symptoms, rehydrate the canine on a drip and possibly prescribe antibiotics.

Although the illness can be fatal, as long as treatment is given as soon as possible, dogs should recover.

How to prevent it?

Keep your dog on a lead during woodland walks so you can keep a close eye on them.

Monitor your dog’s health in the days after a woodland walk.

If you notice a change, don’t hesitate – get your dog to the vets ASAP.

Keep hydrated. The chances of your dog catching the illness is lower if they’re hydrated during the woodland walk.

Protect against mites as they have been commonly noted on dogs suffering from SCI, so could be linked to the illness.