Brogan-Alexandra Proud, who runs Yorkshire Coast Pet Care, started seeing dogs getting sick with vomiting and diarrhea on January 10; she says it’s “spreading like wildfire.”
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The mysterious dog illness that was discovered earlier this month is “still spreading rapidly”, warns the vet who first raised the alarm.
Brogan-Alexandra Proud, who runs Yorkshire Coast Pet Care, started seeing dogs getting sick with vomiting and diarrhea on January 10.
The disease has moved inland to Sheffield and Leeds after dog owners were warned not to go to the beach.
Brogan-Alexandra says she still gets a steady stream of sick animals, but the numbers appear to be falling since she warned walkers not to go to the beach, YokrshireLive reports.
It first warned dog walkers that it had been “inundated with dogs coming off beaches vomiting and diarrhoea” and urged people not to take their dogs for walks on beaches while the cause of the illness was unknown.
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Brogan-Alexandra said: “It’s still the same. The situation hasn’t changed. It’s still spreading rapidly.”
She said she believed dog walkers didn’t go to beaches as much and kept their pets on leashes to avoid contact with others.
As a result, “not as many” sick dogs arrived as before.
She said: “There are not 20 a day like before, but there are still some who come every day with the symptoms.”
Brogan-Alexandra said she still believed the illness originated on the beaches.
Brogan-Alexandra said she shared the view of some who had theorized that the source of the illness was toxins being released into the Yorkshire Sea, something that could also explain the large numbers of dead marine life washing up on shore.
She said: “These are not normal things, there is definitely something to do.
“We have had diseases in the past, but we rarely see dead seals.”
Some vets and Scarborough City Council have downplayed concerns, saying dogs regularly get sick during the winter months.
Brogan-Alexandra responded, “I’ve been doing this for 12 years and I know it gets worse this time of year, but I’ve never seen numbers like these. Local practices in the area have said the same thing.”
“There were a bunch of people saying their dogs had come off the beach and were sick too just a few hours later in the post. This was definitely not normal.”
Since the initial reports of the spread of canine disease in places like Whitby, Scarborough and Filey, dog owners in inland areas such as Sheffield, Leeds and York have also reported serious spread of canine disease.
Brogan-Alexandra said “it’s impossible to tell” if it was the same disease.
He added: “I know a lot of people I spoke to had been on vacation on the coast and were coming home with their dogs. Whatever it is, it’s spreading like wildfire.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.