Update: Serious illness in dogs

The Board of the Norwegian Kennel Club decided on friday september 27. to reverse the previous decisions on cancellation of shows, trials and activities with immediate effect. Norwegian national teams may again attend FCI Championships. The Board’s former recommendation to our members about not attending official activities with dogs abroad, is also reversed.

News update September 27

Due to the situation in Norway, some FCI member countries decided to not allow dogs from Norway to attend shows and trails etc. The Norwegian Kennel Club kindly asks that these decisions are reversed as soon as possible.

The NKK Nordic Show in Harstad 4-5. October and DOGS4ALL (International and Nordic Show) in Lillestrøm/Oslo in November will go ahead as planned. Other shows and trails organized by our national clubs will also be held as planned starting next week. Some activities and trails will be held this weekend as previous announced by the organizer.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority lifted the general advice about avoiding gathering of dogs and limiting contact between dogs on Thursday September 26.

The Veterinary Institute's investigations have shown that the disease with bloody diarrhoea is not likely to spread easily between dogs. It is now clear that the number of diseased dogs is declining. It is also clear that not all cases of illness are linked to each other.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority: The Norwegian Veterinary Institute believes it is unlikely that there is one specific common denominator among all the registered cases of dogs with bloody diarrhea. It is emphasized that the development of disease is probably multifactorial, which means that the development of the disease is due to several coinciding factors. Some of the cases may also have other causes and may not be part of what we now perceive as an outbreak.

Many of the reported cases are from some counties in Eastern Norway, where the density of dogs is also high. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority believe that more dogs in this area would have become ill if this had been a more contagious disease. This is true even if dog owners have complied with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority's advice so far. The information we have received also shows that in most cases where one sick dog lives with other dogs, only one dog has been affected.

Concequently the general advice to dog owners has been revised:

  • As usual, you should contact your veterinarian if you notice any symptoms of a disease that may require treatment, and you should call the veterinarian before bringing an acute, seriously ill dog to the clinic.
  • As a dog owner you should evaluate whether your dog is healthy or not and consider whether it poses a risk to other dogs if you take it to places where several dogs are gathered, such as dog parks, exhibits and dog nurseries.
  • If the dog is showing symptoms of disease, you shouldn’t let it greet or sniff at other dogs while out walking it. As usual, you should pick up your dog’s waste and throw it in a garbage can.

For more detailed information:
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority
The Norwegian Veterinary Institute


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