Disease affecting dogs in Hampshire

Please be aware of an as yet unidentified disease affecting dogs in Hampshire. Mr Walker, from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hursley, near Winchester, who has had 13 dogs die at his practice alone says:

“We have a much better understanding of what is going on, but we don’t know what the underlying trigger is. The advice I would give to the pet-owning general public is if you see a wound on your dog’s leg, where you might ordinarily leave that for 12 to 24 hours, the advice would be to take your dog to the vets. Most vets are now aware of the condition so seek early veterinary attention.”

A Forestry Commission spokesman says that the cause of the deaths had not yet been confirmed ” Owners should always keep their dogs under close control and be aware of anything they may pick up, chew or eat in a woodland area. If their dog becomes ill they should contact a vet as soon as possible with as much information as they can.”