Fears New Forest Disease is extending its reach into Dorset

Vet’s warning on killer dog disease

DISEASE ALERT: Kirk the labrador, who belonged to vet Siobhan Buswell

Vet Siobhan Buswell

First published in News

DOG owners are being warned a killer disease that has claimed the lives of a number of pets in the New Forest could be extending its reach further into Dorset.

More than 20 dogs have lost their lives to Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, also known as New Forest Disease and Alabama Rot, since 2012.

Vet Siobhan Buswell, of the Lynwood Veterinary Group in Wareham, sadly lost her own dog – a six-year-old labrador called Kirk – to the condition having only walked her pet in woods at Puddletown and Wareham.

She says she has also heard unconfirmed reports of another labrador that walked in the woods at Puddletown that had to be euthanised after showing signs of the disease while cases have been reported in Beaminster, Upton, Christchurch and Canford Heath.

Siobhan wants other dog owners in the area to be aware so they can be on the lookout for symptoms. She said: “The number of dogs affected overall is very small and cases are only reported between the months of December and March.

“Things to look out for are wounds on your dog’s face or legs. There is often no explanation for the injury.

“Affected dogs then become very depressed, tired and lose their appetite and can have episodes of vomiting.”

Siobhan added: “We are not certain of the exact cause of this disease but a toxin that goes on to cause acute kidney failure is suspected.

“It is also thought that this toxin is found in soil and/or rotting vegetation in woodland areas. “There is no evidence to suggest that this illness is passed from dog to dog.

“Two dogs can go on the same walk and one can be affected while the other is absolutely fine.”

Siobhan said her dog Kirk was the sort of dog that would dig and root in woodland areas and would carry a tennis ball that he would try and bury and dig up again.

She said: “It is possible that a dog that does this sort of thing while out on a walk is at increased risk of this disease. My advice would be to be aware.

“If you notice a wound, particularly if you dog is a bit lethargic as well, then seek veterinary attention early on.

“Your vet may advise a blood test to check for any evidence of kidney damage.

“Early recognition and perhaps avoidance of woodland walks with certain dogs between December and March are important in keeping our dogs as safe as possible in the advent of this worrisome disease.”

A list of places where dogs have been affected by Alabama Rot in the United Kingdom can be found online at forestry.gov.uk

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2:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Have any dogs (ie: GM Wolves) contracted this disease when restricted to their owner's (!!) property - or does it just affect those taken onto Nature Reserves, National Parks, woodlands or OTHER PEOPLE'S property ?? If the latter, then perhaps there's something to be learned here ??!!
Have any dogs (ie: GM Wolves) contracted this disease when restricted to their owner's (!!) property - or does it just affect those taken onto Nature Reserves, National Parks, woodlands or OTHER PEOPLE'S property ?? If the latter, then perhaps there's something to be learned here ??!! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: -19

6:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

What a facile and ill-thought comment Harpya. The National Parks, many Ntaure Reserves and some Woodlands are our property.
What a facile and ill-thought comment Harpya. The National Parks, many Ntaure Reserves and some Woodlands are our property. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: 6

6:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

IF people MUST have dogs - keep them on your own, PRIVATE, PERSONALLY-OWNED property - they should NOT be running loose in the countryside, harassing Wildlife or annoying other people. Also, people go to the countryside to quietly observe WILDLIFE, and maybe photograph it, if yapping dogs tearing madly around do not frighten it all away. Ferrybridge is a good example of such a place. AND, Numbnuts Hardy, my comment WASN'T ill-thought - I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others. When naturalists visit Nature Reserves or the countryside at large, they want peace and tranquillity, and to be able to focus all their senses on Wildlife - not carefully looking at the ground to ensure they don't soil their footwear by stepping in something that ought not to have been there in the first place. Access to the countryside means for hominids only - not their revolting, Genetically-Modified Wolves..
IF people MUST have dogs - keep them on your own, PRIVATE, PERSONALLY-OWNED property - they should NOT be running loose in the countryside, harassing Wildlife or annoying other people. Also, people go to the countryside to quietly observe WILDLIFE, and maybe photograph it, if yapping dogs tearing madly around do not frighten it all away. Ferrybridge is a good example of such a place. AND, Numbnuts Hardy, my comment WASN'T ill-thought - I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others. When naturalists visit Nature Reserves or the countryside at large, they want peace and tranquillity, and to be able to focus all their senses on Wildlife - not carefully looking at the ground to ensure they don't soil their footwear by stepping in something that ought not to have been there in the first place. Access to the countryside means for hominids only - not their revolting, Genetically-Modified Wolves.. Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: -11

8:30am Tue 1 Apr 14

siriem says...

Harpya Orkinus - Harpy Eagle Whale?

I haven't stepped in dog mess since I was a very small child, and dog owners in the 70s were much less responsible that they are now. I'm not sure if the poo bag had even been invented. None of my friends step in dog mess. My colleagues never seem to mention it being a problem.
I'm sure you think your repetition of the term "genetically modified wolves" makes you sound clever. It really doesn't, and I would respectfully suggest that until you're capable of avoiding stepping in something you don't want to - and of course it's not just dog poo out there - perhaps you're the one who should venture no further than your own "private personally owned property" (no capitals required).
For the record, I'm not a dog owner but comments like yours make me really really want to be one.
Harpya Orkinus - Harpy Eagle Whale? I haven't stepped in dog mess since I was a very small child, and dog owners in the 70s were much less responsible that they are now. I'm not sure if the poo bag had even been invented. None of my friends step in dog mess. My colleagues never seem to mention it being a problem. I'm sure you think your repetition of the term "genetically modified wolves" makes you sound clever. It really doesn't, and I would respectfully suggest that until you're capable of avoiding stepping in something you don't want to - and of course it's not just dog poo out there - perhaps you're the one who should venture no further than your own "private personally owned property" (no capitals required). For the record, I'm not a dog owner but comments like yours make me really really want to be one. siriem
  • Score: 7

3:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Dorset stuff says...

Harpya Orkinus wrote:
IF people MUST have dogs - keep them on your own, PRIVATE, PERSONALLY-OWNED property - they should NOT be running loose in the countryside, harassing Wildlife or annoying other people. Also, people go to the countryside to quietly observe WILDLIFE, and maybe photograph it, if yapping dogs tearing madly around do not frighten it all away. Ferrybridge is a good example of such a place. AND, Numbnuts Hardy, my comment WASN'T ill-thought - I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others. When naturalists visit Nature Reserves or the countryside at large, they want peace and tranquillity, and to be able to focus all their senses on Wildlife - not carefully looking at the ground to ensure they don't soil their footwear by stepping in something that ought not to have been there in the first place. Access to the countryside means for hominids only - not their revolting, Genetically-Modified Wolves..
"- I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others."

LOL, brilliant, yeah, those doggers, priceless. Doggers usually clean up after themselves LOL what a plonker.
[quote][p][bold]Harpya Orkinus[/bold] wrote: IF people MUST have dogs - keep them on your own, PRIVATE, PERSONALLY-OWNED property - they should NOT be running loose in the countryside, harassing Wildlife or annoying other people. Also, people go to the countryside to quietly observe WILDLIFE, and maybe photograph it, if yapping dogs tearing madly around do not frighten it all away. Ferrybridge is a good example of such a place. AND, Numbnuts Hardy, my comment WASN'T ill-thought - I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others. When naturalists visit Nature Reserves or the countryside at large, they want peace and tranquillity, and to be able to focus all their senses on Wildlife - not carefully looking at the ground to ensure they don't soil their footwear by stepping in something that ought not to have been there in the first place. Access to the countryside means for hominids only - not their revolting, Genetically-Modified Wolves..[/p][/quote]"- I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others." LOL, brilliant, yeah, those doggers, priceless. Doggers usually clean up after themselves LOL what a plonker. Dorset stuff
  • Score: 1

9:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Witch Hazel says...

Harpya Orkinus wrote:
IF people MUST have dogs - keep them on your own, PRIVATE, PERSONALLY-OWNED property - they should NOT be running loose in the countryside, harassing Wildlife or annoying other people. Also, people go to the countryside to quietly observe WILDLIFE, and maybe photograph it, if yapping dogs tearing madly around do not frighten it all away. Ferrybridge is a good example of such a place. AND, Numbnuts Hardy, my comment WASN'T ill-thought - I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others. When naturalists visit Nature Reserves or the countryside at large, they want peace and tranquillity, and to be able to focus all their senses on Wildlife - not carefully looking at the ground to ensure they don't soil their footwear by stepping in something that ought not to have been there in the first place. Access to the countryside means for hominids only - not their revolting, Genetically-Modified Wolves..
Clearly your not a dog lover... shame... your missing a lot of fun!
[quote][p][bold]Harpya Orkinus[/bold] wrote: IF people MUST have dogs - keep them on your own, PRIVATE, PERSONALLY-OWNED property - they should NOT be running loose in the countryside, harassing Wildlife or annoying other people. Also, people go to the countryside to quietly observe WILDLIFE, and maybe photograph it, if yapping dogs tearing madly around do not frighten it all away. Ferrybridge is a good example of such a place. AND, Numbnuts Hardy, my comment WASN'T ill-thought - I've had my days too often ruined by typically selfish, thoughtless doggers, who, it seems, never give a thought to the hassle they are causing to others. When naturalists visit Nature Reserves or the countryside at large, they want peace and tranquillity, and to be able to focus all their senses on Wildlife - not carefully looking at the ground to ensure they don't soil their footwear by stepping in something that ought not to have been there in the first place. Access to the countryside means for hominids only - not their revolting, Genetically-Modified Wolves..[/p][/quote]Clearly your not a dog lover... shame... your missing a lot of fun! Witch Hazel
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10:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

I have nothing whatever against PROPER dogs (Wolves!!) unaltered by whimsical, feeble-minded chimps in clothes, and have signed literally HUNDREDS of petitions against the mass-murder of Wolves by that worthless kaffir, "Badass" Obama's US Fish and Wildlife Service, whose sole reason-for-being seems to be slaughtering species FAR finer than their own as a pander to rancher-PARASITES in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado, who graze stock for free on PUBLIC Lands. Wolf-haters seem to be utterly lacking in any vestige of knowledge as to how this planet works. It is called Ecology, and all tories (ie, all politicians), focussed as they are solely on economics (!!!!) appear to be equally ignorant about the interconnectedness that makes the Earth work effectively. Remove the iconic apex-predators and everything will collapse. Predators such as Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Wolves, Lynxes and all the others might best be thought of as the guardians of the plant kingdom - and thus, indirectly, of all life on Earth.
@ Witch Hazel: I don't care for the foul smell of dogs, OR their personalities. I'm a Cat person. My best friend is a black Cat !! By the way, there's a photo going round online showing a Cavalier (Don't ask me why - I've no idea !!) and the legend *GRAMMAR - the difference between knowing your siht and knowing you're siht*. YOUR = something belonging to YOU. Pronounced YORE. YOU'RE = YOU ARE. Pronounced YOOR. Got it now, Sweetie ??!!
@ siriem: Well done, old chap - Harpy Eagle and Killer Whale. If you are familiar with the Greek, you will know what the combined names mean - *The Snatching Thing/Bringer of Death*. The Harpy - most formidable bird on Earth, sits unnoticed in what the chimps (the virus in shoes, Earth's cancer) have left of its New World rainforest home, perched in the canopy, watching. It selects a target - usually a Monkey or Sloth - flies towards it, weaving through the branches at 50-60 mph, then hits it with enormous tarsi and talons, ripping it from its branch and crushing it in those powerful feet. Allegedly it could kill one of we chimps if it clutched the skull, driving its 8-10 cm talons into the brain with little effort. And the Killer Whale - well, they say that the only cure for the bite of Orkinus is reincarnation !! Not, perhaps a first - the Aztecs had a blend of Rattlesnake and Hummingbird (or Rattlesnake and Quetzal, a bird NOT of the Apodiformes group !!) known as the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. So now you know !!
I have nothing whatever against PROPER dogs (Wolves!!) unaltered by whimsical, feeble-minded chimps in clothes, and have signed literally HUNDREDS of petitions against the mass-murder of Wolves by that worthless kaffir, "Badass" Obama's US Fish and Wildlife Service, whose sole reason-for-being seems to be slaughtering species FAR finer than their own as a pander to rancher-PARASITES in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado, who graze stock for free on PUBLIC Lands. Wolf-haters seem to be utterly lacking in any vestige of knowledge as to how this planet works. It is called Ecology, and all tories (ie, all politicians), focussed as they are solely on economics (!!!!) appear to be equally ignorant about the interconnectedness that makes the Earth work effectively. Remove the iconic apex-predators and everything will collapse. Predators such as Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Wolves, Lynxes and all the others might best be thought of as the guardians of the plant kingdom - and thus, indirectly, of all life on Earth. @ Witch Hazel: I don't care for the foul smell of dogs, OR their personalities. I'm a Cat person. My best friend is a black Cat !! By the way, there's a photo going round online showing a Cavalier (Don't ask me why - I've no idea !!) and the legend *GRAMMAR - the difference between knowing your siht and knowing you're siht*. YOUR = something belonging to YOU. Pronounced YORE. YOU'RE = YOU ARE. Pronounced YOOR. Got it now, Sweetie ??!! @ siriem: Well done, old chap - Harpy Eagle and Killer Whale. If you are familiar with the Greek, you will know what the combined names mean - *The Snatching Thing/Bringer of Death*. The Harpy - most formidable bird on Earth, sits unnoticed in what the chimps (the virus in shoes, Earth's cancer) have left of its New World rainforest home, perched in the canopy, watching. It selects a target - usually a Monkey or Sloth - flies towards it, weaving through the branches at 50-60 mph, then hits it with enormous tarsi and talons, ripping it from its branch and crushing it in those powerful feet. Allegedly it could kill one of we chimps if it clutched the skull, driving its 8-10 cm talons into the brain with little effort. And the Killer Whale - well, they say that the only cure for the bite of Orkinus is reincarnation !! Not, perhaps a first - the Aztecs had a blend of Rattlesnake and Hummingbird (or Rattlesnake and Quetzal, a bird NOT of the Apodiformes group !!) known as the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. So now you know !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 0

7:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Thank you for confirming my assertion Harpya Orkinus ;).
Thank you for confirming my assertion Harpya Orkinus ;). TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: -1

7:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

And thank YOU - ALL of you - for confirming MY long-held opinion of the average zombie/sheeple-in-th
e-street !! Don't anyone EVER say I didn't attempt fair words (Kipling ??) first !!
And thank YOU - ALL of you - for confirming MY long-held opinion of the average zombie/sheeple-in-th e-street !! Don't anyone EVER say I didn't attempt fair words (Kipling ??) first !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

And thank YOU - ALL of you - for confirming MY long-held opinion of the average zombie/sheeple-in-th
e-street !! Don't anyone EVER say I didn't attempt fair words (Kipling ??) first !!
And thank YOU - ALL of you - for confirming MY long-held opinion of the average zombie/sheeple-in-th e-street !! Don't anyone EVER say I didn't attempt fair words (Kipling ??) first !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 1

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