Serious illness in dogs in Norway

In the recent days several dogs in Norway have become suddenly ill and died. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority are investigating the cause, but no conclusion has been reached.

The reported cases are from all over Norway, with a higher concentration in Oslo.

At present there is no basis to say whether all the reported cases are related. The general condition of the affected dogs has deteriorated rapidly, and several dogs have died.

The search for possible causes

Autopsies at the Veterinary Institute and subsequent laboratory analyzes confirm the presence of two bacteria - Providencia alcalifaciens and Clostridium perfringens - in abnormally large quantities, in some of the dogs. All cases had clear signs of serious bowel disease. 

The Food Safety Authority is still looking widely for possible causes, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. So far, there are no signs that the animals have been poisoned by known substances.

The situation in Norway is still serious, and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority are working continuously to find the background and triggers for the disease. 

The situation is also monitored closely in our neighbouring countries. So far, we have not received any reports about similar cases abroad. 

This is what we know so far: 

  • Approximately 25 dogs are dead. It is not confirmed that all died from the same disease, but the symptoms appear to be comparable. Reports on sick and deceased dogs are coming in every day, so the situation is still ongoing.
  • There is currently no conclusion as to what causes the disease. 
  • The symptoms are severe bloody diarrhoea and reduced general condition escalating rapidly. Some dogs have been vomiting, but not all.
  • The advice from Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority is to avoid contact between dogs, in case the disease is contagious.

The following measures have been taken by the Norwegian Kennel Club

  • The Board of the Norwegian Kennel Club has decided decided that all shows, trails and competitions are cancelled until September 16.
  • The Board also decided that NKK will not send national teams to FCI Championships until further notice.
  • The Board’s recommendation is that our members do not attend official activities abroad.

For more detailed information, go to:
the Norwegian Food Safety Authority website

and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute website

 

Sources: The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and The Norwegian Veterinary Institute

 

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