Recent reports of acute onset vomiting in dogsWe have noticed an increase of reports of dogs with acute onset prolific vomiting in various parts of the UK including Milton Keynes. The cause of these cases is currently unknown, however the frequency and persistence of vomiting is higher than typically seen with a canine gastroenteritis case.
Symptoms associated with these reports include:
- Vomiting – frequent forceful vomiting, more than five episodes in a twelve hour period
- Anorexia – in these cases the dogs have been reluctant to take food for two to five days after the vomiting has ceased
- Lethargy – dogs will appear lethargic for two to three after the onset of vomiting
- Diarrhoea – dogs have been reported to pass ‘gravy-like’ stools
It is important to note that the causes of vomiting can be varied and we advise dog owners seek veterinary advice if their dog shows clinical signs. It is believed that there is no risk to people, but the disease may be transmitted between dogs and therefore it sensible for owners to handle a suspected case with caution and limit contact between affected and unaffected dogs.
We are currently reporting all suspected cases to the Small Animals Surveillance Network at the University of Liverpool, and will update our website if more information becomes available.