Dogs struck down by mystery illness

By David Newble

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

UPDATED 15:51*

DOGS in Ryde have been struck down by a mystery illness.

A number of dogs have been treated by vets at Pet Doctors, The Lawns in Ryde with symptoms ranging from sickness to diarrhoea.

Owners of the dogs have reported that their animals developed the symptoms after walking on the beach between Appley Park, Ryde and The Duver, St Helens.

But just how the pets contracted their symptoms remains unknown.

John Knight, a vet at Pet Doctors, The Lawns, said owners should take their pets to a vet if they developed the symptoms.

He said: "We have certainly seen a number of dogs that have had sickness of various forms over the last week or so. As to what is causing it, we don’t actually know.

"What we are recommending is that if dogs develop similar symptoms, owners should take them to their vet for a check-up."

*The Isle of Wight Council said on its Facebook page: "Having checked with the relevant contractors as well as the Environment Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, we can confirm that there is no evidence whatsoever that there is anything within the council’s control that is responsible for this reported sickness."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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