Mystery disease that killed dozens of dogs in Norway has now spread to Sweden and claimed its first victim
- About 43 deaths in dogs in Norway since August have panicked pet owners
- And 173 dogs everywhere showed symptoms of bloody diarrhea and vomiting
- The Swedish dog had recently returned from Norway when he became fatally ill
A mysterious dog killing disease that occupies Scandinavia has claimed the life of the first Swedish dog.
The death of 43 dogs in Norway since August has caused pet owners to panic and urged veterinarians to investigate the unknown disease urgently.
So far, 173 dogs in 90 different breeds have had symptoms of the disease, including bloody diarrhea, violent vomiting, and fatigue.
Such warning signals were observed in the case of the Swedish dog, who had recently returned from Norway when he became fatally ill.
Two dogs can be seen playing upstairs in a park in the capital of Norway, Oslo. Reports of the disease first came from the capital, but soon sick dogs came up all over the country (file photo)
Of the 43 deaths, 15 autopsies were performed and the Providencia alcalifaciens bacteria found themselves in 12 carcasses, but it is too early to confirm this as a cause.
The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has revealed that the largest number of sick dogs comes from the Oslo region, but dogs have also been killed in Akershus and Vestfold.
In cooperation with the Food Safety Authority, veterinarians have excluded anthrax, salmonella, yeast and mushroom poisoning, EHEC and various other toxins.
Alaskan Huskeys, Jack Russells and Yorkshire Terriers are among the multiple breeds that are infected.
Moreover, there are no underlying characteristics – age, diet, contact with other dogs – common to all victims, indicating a cause of this mysterious disease.
Diarrhea is a relatively common disease in dogs, but veterinarians have warned that this outbreak has seen a more violent strain of the disease than normal.
Bjarne Bergsjo, scientist and leader of the bacteriological laboratory of the Veterinary Institute in Norway, works in his laboratory in Oslo, Norway, and tries to find out the cause of the mysterious disease
In a statement, the authorities said: & # 39; In recent weeks, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has received numerous reports from vets about dogs with bloody diarrhea.
& # 39; Some dogs have died, but most recover after treatment by a veterinarian. The cause of the disease is currently unknown.
& # 39; Our advice to dog owners is constantly being updated. We still recommend dog owners to restrict close contact between dogs and to keep dogs on a lead so that they are under control.
& # 39; In addition to the general advice, dog owners with sick or dead dogs are encouraged to keep a record of what the dog has eaten in the last 14 days so that one can take samples if necessary. & # 39;
The advice of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to dog owners
Limit close contact with other dogs, but make sure your dog gets the ventilation and exercises he needs.
Dog collections must be avoided or carried out in a way that restricts contact between dogs.
Don't let your dog walk or browse other dogs during a walk.
Grab stools for your dog and throw them in a trash can.
Avoid the dog sniffing or eating things in the ditch where other dogs have been.
Contact your veterinarian if you notice bloody diarrhea, vomiting and a rapidly deteriorating general condition of your dog.
Call the vet before taking a sick dog to the clinic.
Follow the vet's vaccine recommendations.
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