Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network ( SAVSNET) has become aware of reports of acute onset prolific vomiting (5 or more episodes in a 12 hour period) in dogs in various parts of the UK. A total of 474 reports nationwide have been recorded in a database run by the University of Liverpool since it went live on 30 January, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
Affected dogs seem to vomit more frequently than is typical for canine gastroenteritis, and can sometimes have diarrhoea and prolonged lethargy.
There is some evidence that affected dogs can transmit the disease, making it a sensible precaution to limit contact between affected and unaffected dogs.
Currently, it is not known whether this is part of normal seasonal variation or a specific virus or bacteria is involved.
Dogs normally make a full recovery with routine symptomatic veterinary treatment and there is no known risk to people.
Owners of suspect cases should contact their normal veterinary practice for advice.
If we see cases we will be completing questionnaires to help monitor the situation, and keep our local pet-owning community updated.