We have had some calls and messages over the last twenty four hours about a potentially infectious canine disease going round Bicester and the surrounding areas.
Firstly it is important to state that we often to see more cases of haemorrhagic gastroenteritis at this time of year.
Haemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) is a condition when dogs will often pass blood in their vomit or diarrhoea. There are unfortunately many different cause of this condition (some which may be infectious) and so at this time we cannot speculate on the cause of this supposed outbreak.
Most of these cases, if caught early can be relatively easily treated but sometimes dogs do become unwell and need to be admitted for further supportive treatment and tests. We would therefore recommend contacting the practice if your dog is vomiting, has developed diarrhoea or appears quiet or off their food. If your dog has developed any of these symptoms we also advise not walking him or her to reduce any potential spread to other dogs.
If we receive any further information we will keep you updated.
If you have any further questions please contact the practice on 01869 252 077.