Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2019

Dog virus SPREADS across UK: Now another major county struck by nasty dog sickness

Dog owners in Birmingham raced their pets to vets with symptoms of abdominal discomfort, pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. And now dog owners in Gloucestershire have been warned about the bacterial infection after becoming the second county to experience the sweeping virus. East Midlands vet Dr John Rosie has treated five dogs with the virus every week so far, and said he does not usually see as many cases throughout the rest of the year. Other veterinary practices have reported a frightening increase in dogs with the painful stomach symptoms.

Dr Rosie, who has been a vet since 2004, said: “We see a lot of people in their own home but there has been a higher number of cases although we don’t have the exact diagnosis of what the cause is yet.

“The dogs seem to be responding to the treatment we are giving them. We mainly cover Belper but this is just a snapshot is what is going on in the wider area.”

He also issued advice to dog owners about how their dog can avoid catching the bug.

He said: “They should wash and disinfect their dog’s paws after going out walking in case they pick up anything on their feet.”

The news comes after another outbreak of the notorious Alabama Rot disease in dogs was reported up and down the country.

Dogs in London, Manchester and leafy Hampshire and Somerset have experienced symptoms of skin ulcers, acute kidney failure and even death as the bacteria thrive in wet and muddy conditions seen in winter.

The disease first came to the UK in 2012 and since then 200 dogs have been killed by Alabama rot.

In 2018 alone 50 dogs died in the UK, according to the Alabama Rot Research Fund. It is not known how many dogs have died from Alabama rot so far in 2019.

The disease is also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy and is increasingly common in dogs, causing damage to the blood vessels of the skin and kidneys.

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