The season is now approaching when, in previous years, incidents of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) in dogs walked in woodland have started to appear.
Whilst Sandringham Estate have not yet had any reports of dogs walked at Sandringham showing symptoms of SCI, we are, of course, anxious to prevent any further cases if at all possible. In order to help visitors and local residents enjoy their day at Sandringham the Estate has put up posters alerting them to the disease and its symptoms and giving advice on what to do when visiting woodland with dogs.
The Animal Health Trust advise that dogs are walked on leads in woodland at this time of year so that owners can keep a close eye on them, and they also suggest that spray treatments for mites may be helpful. The symptoms to watch out for include vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy and if not treated speedily they can be fatal. Sandringham Estate advises any dog owner who is at all worried about their pet to visit a veterinary surgeon immediately. Further information can be found on the AHT website – www.aht.org.uk/sci
Farrah Owens, Animal Health Trust