Mys­tery ill­ness con­cerns vets

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

A lo­cal vet clinic is re­port­ing a steep in­crease in cases of a se­vere sick­ness among adult dogs in the City of Kar­ratha area.

A se­ries of dogs ad­mit­ted to Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal have been dis­play­ing symp­toms of hem­or­rhagic gas­troen­teri­tis, which in­cludes vom­it­ing and bloody di­ar­rhoea, over the past two weeks.

Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal vet­eri­nar­ian Tim Mont­gomery said the clinic had seen 10 to 15 “ex­tremely se­vere” cases in fully vac­ci­nated dogs within the past fort­night.

“The vast ma­jor­ity have had to be hos­pi­talised for sev­eral days at least, and have had high rates of fluid ther­apy, anti-nau­sea med­i­ca­tions and in­tra­venous antibiotics,” he said.

“It’s been so se­vere that we have ac­tu­ally de­pleted our stock of in­tra­venous flu­ids and antibiotics and we’ve run out of three dif­fer­ent types of antin­au­sea med­i­ca­tions.

“We have sourced some through lo­cal phar­ma­cies and have had to get some flown up es­pe­cially to con­tinue be­ing able to treat them.

“We ran out of cages in the hos­pi­tal, we had to set up tem­po­rary dog crates.”

Dogs from the Kar­ratha, Dampier, Roe­bourne, Wick­ham and Point Samson ar­eas have been af­fected.

Dr Mont­gomery said while vets did not yet know what was caus­ing the spate of these cases, it had co­in­cided with the rain and a surge in par­vovirus in pup­pies.

Kar­ratha Mo­bile Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices vet Dr Lisa Pearce said she had seen only three re­cent cases that looked “very sim­i­lar” to HGE but turned out to be some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Dr Mont­gomery said the cases they had seen were se­ri­ous enough to be life-threat­en­ing if un­treated and asked peo­ple to call the clinic if their dog showed symp­toms.

“We en­cour­age any­one who no­tices these symp­toms to call the vet ... be­cause once (the dogs) get quite de­bil­i­tated from the de­hy­dra­tion, it takes a lot longer to re­cover them,” he said.

Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal is the only lo­cal vet ser­vice that hos­pi­talises an­i­mals.

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