Sunday, September 18, 2011

Eleven dogs hit by new outbreak of Sandringham bug - 17th Sept 2011

A mystery seasonal illness that can kill dogs has returned to the Queen’s estate at Sandringham.

Eleven dogs have fallen ill in the past two weeks within hours of being walked in woods on the Norfolk estate, which are open to the public. Last autumn 37 dogs contracted the so-called Seasonal Canine Illness after visiting Sandringham - and six died. The illness was first identified at the estate and other woodland areas in 2009. Cases always occur between September and November.

The Queen, a well-known dog lover, was reportedly so worried that she personally requested the Animal Health Trust (AHT) veterinary charity to investigate.

The cause has not been pinpointed but it is believed bacteria, blue-green algae or fungal spores are responsible. Symptoms in dogs affected include vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy.

Signs have been put up at Sandringham warning dog owners. Read More