(ORDO NEWS) — Dog owners in East Yorkshire warn that their pets have become ill after walking along the region’s coast, despite the fact that officials have not found a “direct link” between the area and the disease during recent checks.
Veterinarians in the area say they have seen cases of severe vomiting and diarrhea in dogs that have recently visited the northeast coast. In a Facebook post, Yorkshire Coast Pet Care described being “overrun” by dogs suffering from a mysterious disease and urged officials to investigate.
Since the first cases were identified, the British media have reported that hundreds of dogs have been affected, and the initial social media post received more than 1,500 responses.
Kat Baggins, the owner of the dog, said her Cocker Spaniel puppy had to spend six days at the vet after a walk in the Bridlington area. Other pet owners have reported similar cases in Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, South Gar and South Beach, advising dog walkers not to visit the coast until the source of the disease is identified.
The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has confirmed that it is in talks with the Animal and Plant Health Agency about these reports. However, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Coast Survey team says they found “nothing out of the ordinary” during their inspection of the coastline.
Assuming the situation may be more widespread, the local council said that pets elsewhere in the region have become sick despite not visiting the beaches, saying it may be “a common disease among dogs”.
“According to local veterinarians, the diseases they see in dogs and the tests they have carried out have not shown a direct link to visiting the beaches,” said Kirsty Salisbury, general manager of the council’s coastal services.
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