Vomiting Outbreak in Dogs

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Increased Cases of Vomiting and Diarrhoea in Dogs

Some vets are reporting an increase in cases of vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. We are working with SAVSNET and reporting any suspect cases.

Importantly, no dogs have died from this outbreak, though some have required hospitalisation for fluid therapy to help them re-hydrate and stabilise after excessive bouts of sickness  and diarrhoea.

The Key Facts

The University of Liverpool is studying the outbreak, and highlights the key facts below.

  • Several vets across the country are reporting an increase in vomiting in dogs.
  • Affected cases seem to vomit more frequently than is typical for canine gastroenteritis, and can sometimes have diarrhoea and prolonged lethargy.
  • Dogs usually make a full recovery with routine symptomatic veterinary therapy.
  • There is no known risk to people.
  • There is some anecdotal evidence that affected dogs can transmit the disease. It therefore makes sense for owners and vets to handle suspect cases carefully, and limit contact between affected and unaffected dogs.
  • Currently we do not know whether this is part of normal seasonal variation or whether a specific virus or bacteria is involved.
  • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated dogs can be affected.

What To Do If You Think Your Dog May Be Affected?

Should you think your dog may be affected by a case of excessive vomiting (and possibly diarrhoea) please call us for advice on what to do next.

If we advise you to visit the surgery, we will ask you to wait outside with your dog until your appointment, to prevent contact with other dogs waiting in the veterinary practice.

SAVSNET Questionnaire

The University of Liverpool are asking vets, nurses and owners seeing suspect cases to complete a questionnaire.

A link to the full article and questionnaire can be found via the link below.

Vomiting Outbreak in Dogs