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Mystery dog-killing illness could be caused by humble veg

Wild mushrooms could be cause of mystery illness
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Scientists in Norway are on the hunt to discover a mystery illness that has claimed the lives of no less than 26 dogs. Dog owners are so concerned about the outbreak that they have inundated the authorities with their concerns and it seems the culprit could be this most unlikely vegetable.

By Natasha James, 11 Sep 2019

Scientists are investigating a number of different avenues including parasites, viruses, hot weather and pollution but one new line of enquiry is mushrooms. It seems that a particularly wet summer has led to an explosion of wild mushrooms growing in forests and parks.

Severe Symptoms

Poorly pooches affected by the illness experience extreme vomiting and diarrhoea and some animals have died within 24 hours of exhibiting symptoms – before they could even get to a vet.

Dog owners have taken to Twitter with their concerns “There’s a dog disease epidemic in Norway atm and it’s reached the area where my dog lives and I’m terrified.” While another said, “I just woke up to my dog being sick – I’m so scared.”

The Norwegian Kennel Club claim to have been inundated by concerns from worried owners, with a massive 120,000 owners logging on each day.

The situation is being closely monitored

At present, the Norwegian authorities are advising owners to keep their dogs on a leash and away from other dogs until the cause is established.

All dog shows in Norway have been cancelled until the cause is established and, in the meantime, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and animal hospitals are working with the Veterinary Institute in a bid to find the cause of this worrying disease.