Vet warns of fatal illness

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A MORPETH vet is warning dog owners to watch out for a potentially fatal illness in their pets.

Seasonal Canine Illness has not yet hit Northumberland, but it has been reported in East Anglia and the Midlands and appears to strike dogs that have been walking in woodland.

The cause is not known, but symptoms are sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy, and can also include abdominal pain and discomfort, loss of appetite, shaking or trembling and a high temperature.

Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group Small Animal Director Paul Freeman said: “If owners suspect their dog might be affected or notice any of the symptoms we advise them to seek veterinary attention immediately.”