A deadly dog vomiting and diarrhoea bug is spreading throughout the UK. So far, 474 cases have been reported.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that acute gastroenteritis cases have seen a spike all over the country, with both vets and owners reporting cases.
Symptoms of the bug include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and weight loss, with many dogs acting unlike themselves for up to a week.
Should We Be Worried?
Research is showing that those struck with the bug make a full recovery if they receive prompt veterinary care. However, there have been a small number of deaths connected to the illness, though experts are currently unsure if these deaths are linked to the illness under investigation.
While some vets say the illness could be related to the time of year (there tends to be a rise in gastroenteritis-type illnesses in the colder months), owners are being warned to minimise their dog’s contact with other dogs if they are poorly.
There is no suggestion that humans can catch this norovirus-type dog illness, though research continues.
What Should I Do if I See My Dog Vomiting?
If you think your dog is affected by this dog vomiting illness, take them to the vet immediately (make sure to call in advance so they know to expect you). Try to keep your dog hydrated and comfortable, and keep them away from other dogs to prevent spreading the illness.