An urgent warning to dog owners has been issued over fears a mystery canine illness is spreading inland.
Nicola Jane's six-month-old dog Lurcher was left "lifeless" after a walk by a canal along with a friend's dog in Hunslet, West Yorkshire both of which became very ill within a matter of hours.
Both the dogs became very ill within hours and are fighting an infection, Leeds Live reports.
Nicola said: “On day three he started to perk up, I thought the worst of it must be over and he was getting better like my friend's dog.
“I was still concerned but his food started staying down so I thought he must have been on the mend.
“I woke up around 3am on night four, and just thought I was losing him.
“I thought he was dead, he was shaking and being sick, he was limp in my arms I thought he wasn't coming back from this.
“At that point in the night I took him to the emergency vet – I was terrified.
“He is a mess, he is like a skeleton he is that skinny. He lost that much weight.
"There was nothing on him, no life, he was limp, I thought he was gone, I thought I was losing him.”
According to the Nicola, she claims that the vet told her – having performed blood tests – that the dog had a virus originally found on beaches, but it had been spreading to canal areas.
The virus had also turned into an infection, and it is apparently a fast-moving illness from dog to dog.
She added: “It's strange, it's kind of the same impact as Covid, some dogs are handling it better, I have seen the difference first-hand between the two dogs.”
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It is unclear exactly how the dog got the virus, or what specific virus it is, but he is now thought to be reacting well to new antibiotics.
A Minster Veterinary Practice vet said that “waves of unwell pets with vomiting and diarrhoea around this time of year” are common.
She said: “Just as in the summer we often get cases of kennel cough.
“I did mention to a client at Willow Grove that I had seen a few cases of vomiting and diarrhoea, but this can be a normal occurrence this time of year.”
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