Veterinary charity Animal Health Trust (AHT) recently reported a number of suspected cases of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), and an episode of the BBC’s Countryfile earlier this week also foregrounded the emerging problem again.
The Kennel Club welcomed the ongoing investigation into the ‘mystery illness’ by the AHT. SCI usually affects dogs between 24 and 72 hours of walking in woodland in autumn, making this time of year the optimum time to catch it. The illness results in vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy – while these may be common ailments, owners can identify SCI if the dog starts displaying such symptoms shortly after walking in woodland.
“It is essential that people are aware about Seasonal Canine Illness and know how to spot the signs. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has given funding to the Animal Health Trust to enable it to continue its investigation into this illness, with the aim of pinpointing its cause,” stated Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary.
The illness has resulted in several canine deaths. More information about SCI can be found here.