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* Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease Babesiosis found in UK for first time | Daily Mail Online

Source: Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease Babesiosis found in UK for first time | Daily Mail Online


By HUGO GYE FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 17:16, 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 00:58, 17 March 2016


  • Babesiosis has been seen in Britain for the first time after apparently travelling on an animal which used a ‘pet passport’
  • One dog has died from the immune disease and four are seriously ill
  • The initial outbreak came in Harlow, Essex but it could spread further 

Potentially fatal tick arrives in the UK and is infecting dogs


Dog owners have been warned that their pets could fall victim to a devastating tick-borne disease which has come to Britain for the first time.

One dog has already died and four are seriously ill after they contracted babesiosis, which causes animals’ immune systems to attack their own blood cells.

The parasite which causes the illness is believed to have entered the UK on an animal using the ‘pet passports’ scheme, and could be extra dangerous because British vets are not experienced in treating it.

The babesioisis outbreak started in Harlow, Essex, but there are fears it could now spread more widely.


Danger: Ticks like these are carrying the deadly illness babesiosis, which has already killed one dog in Britain


Local vet Clive Swainsbury, who has treated some of the affected dogs, told the BBC that the disease – which must be treated with a blood transfusion – will prove hard to detect.

He also warned that efforts to contain the spread of the parasite could be thwarted by wild animals which catch the illness.

‘At present we have a very well-defined area,’ Mr Swainsbury said. ‘The problem in the future is that every female tick will lay a couple of thousand eggs and all those offspring from that disease will also carry the disease.

‘As mammals move around they will start spreading the disease. Although you can advise dog walkers not to go there, it’s possible that foxes and other animals will transport these ticks.’


Hunt: Wildlife presenter Chris Packham with academic Richard Wall hunting for the ticks in Essex


Bite: When the illness enters dogs’ systems it causes their immune system to attack its own blood cells


In a message to dog owners, Harlow Council said the ticks concerned were ‘extremely rare’ in Britain, but urged them to protect their pets with anti-tick treatments and check for the bugs regularly.

The council has also signposted the area thought to contain the ticks.

Harlow councillor Mark Wilkinson said the area was popular with dog walkers, however he sought to reassure pet owners that the alert was ‘purely precautionary’ at this point.

He added: ‘Further tests are going to be carried out on the land once the weather improves and if necessary further advice will be issued.

‘The council is also in contact with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and is seeking any further advice from them.’


Eradication: Experts are concerned that wild animals will be able to spread the disease around Britain


Owners are advised to do a thorough body check of their dog to find ticks, which are visible to the naked eye but can be drawn to dark, hidden areas of the animal’s body such as ears, groin and between the toes.

Signs of ticks include dogs excessively scratching or licking a particular area.

To remove a tick, owners are advised to use tweezers to grip the tick by the head and pull it straight out, and not to twist, burn or apply anything to the skin.

To kill the tick once it has been removed, put it in a small amount of alcohol, rather than squash it.

Professor Richard Wall from the University of Bristol who is leading The Big Tick Project, a study of ticks and tick-borne disease, said the recent babesia cases in Essex were of huge significance and a major concern for animal health.

A spokesman for pet insurance firm Animal Friends said: ‘The average dog walker is already well aware that ticks and other parasites can spread infections like Lyme’s disease, but babesiosis is an especially aggressive and dangerous illness.

‘With spring just around the corner, we are approaching tick season and this outbreak means that owners need to be more vigilant than ever before.’


 Source: Dog owners warned about deadly tick-borne disease Babesiosis found in UK for first time | Daily Mail Online

WARNING: Dogs die after outbreak of flesh-eating disease Alabama Rot in the UK | Western Daily Press


Source: WARNING: Dogs die after outbreak of flesh-eating disease Alabama Rot in the UK | Western Daily Press

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 18, 2015

An example of Alabama Rot

An example of Alabama Rot

Pet owners are being warned of an outbreak of a flesh-eating disease which has killed at least five dogs in two months and left many others fighting for their lives.

Alabama Rot is fatal in 90 per cent of cases and can kill in just three days, but it is not known what causes it. Owners have been told to look out for lesions appearing on their dogs’ skin and paws which can be a sign of the killer.

The disease was first identified in the USA in the 1980s when it appeared to only affect greyhounds. But worryingly it is now striking dogs in this country irrespective of their breed with cocker spaniels and labradors among the victims so far.

Veterinary specialists Anderson Moores say there have been confirmed deaths in Abbeyfield, Staffs., Chandlers Ford, Hants., Bolton, Lancs. and London since October. Two cocker spaniels were also infected in Marlborough, Wilts., last week, and one was put to sleep four days later because her kidneys deteriorated beyond repair.

Experts say they have identified 60 known cases of Alabama Rot in the UK since it was discovered in the New Forest, Hants., in 2012. Continue reading

* Pet insurance should be compulsory to reduce animal suffering, MSPs told | Scotland | News

Source: Pet insurance should be compulsory to reduce animal suffering, MSPs told | Scotland | News  |  STV
STV  |  24 November 2015 15:09 GMT


Campaigners told MSPs owners often give up pets when faced with expensive veterinary treatments.

Compulsory pet insurance would take pressure away from charities and reduce animal suffering, a campaign has claimed.

Members of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee heard on Tuesday that pet insurance should be mandatory for dog and cat owners.

Petitioner Karen Harvey claimed animals often miss out on treatment when owners are faced with expensive veterinary costs they cannot afford.

Bills can often run to thousands of pounds in one go and as a result, some animals end up being given up by their owners, Harvey claimed.

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw said rough calculations suggest the scheme could cost 800m a year in Scotland and 8bn annually across the UK.

Harvey lodged the petition in September “calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make pet insurance compulsory by law”.

She told a meeting of the committee: “There is no NHS for pets and our pets are very often lifesavers. They are certainly the best companions in the world, giving us unconditional love and loyalty. Do we not owe it to them to give them the same when they need it in return?”

Ms Harvey told MSPs an estimated 46% of UK households have pets, including about nine million dogs and seven million cats, yet only 15% of these actually have insurance.

She pointed to figures suggesting that treating a dog for cataracts can cost 1700 while cancer treatments can hit 8000.

A 2012 survey found that in that year alone 320,000 cats and dogs in the UK which could have been nursed back to health were put to sleep prematurely, she told MSPs…. [Read the full article]

Source: Pet insurance should be compulsory to reduce animal suffering, MSPs told | Scotland | News

* #LoveYourPetsEyes – campaign in support of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home | Lenstore.co.uk


Vision care experts Lenstore are supporting Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s campaign to build a new Vet Hospital, which will provide much needed treatment for the many cats and dogs that arrive on their doorstep in need of medical care.

      


Every year Battersea Dogs & Cats Home cares for over 10,000 dogs and cats. For every single animal that arrives at the Home, the journey to a new life begins with a full medical examination by a Vet or Vet Nurse in the existing Clinic. But space in the current clinic is limited and the busy Vets and Vet Nurses need a new hospital that is clean, efficient and designed so that they can do more life-saving work than ever before.

Lenstore’s support will help Battersea build a new Vet Hospital which will provide vital veterinary care and attention for all the animals that find themselves at the Home through no fault of their own.

Source: #LoveYourPetsEyes | Lenstore.co.uk


Lenstore are supporting Battersea by raising awareness of pet eye health and they have produced a number of articles on some of the most common eye conditions seen by the staff at the Dogs and Cats Home, including cataracts, cherry eye, entropion and conjunctivitis. The articles contain information on the Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment for each condition. Each article also features an easy to follow infographic, which contains all the important information in a user-friendly format.

Learn about Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Learn more about Lenstore’s #LoveYourPetsEyes campaign

* Dog eye shades make their day in the sun – Jackson Hole News&Guide: Business

Tuckerman and Yaz are like a lot of Jackson Hole dogs. When their owners, Aiden Doane and her boyfriend, Jesse Emilo, head outdoors to ski, fish, boat, hike and run trails, the pups want to go with them.

Source: Dog eye shades make their day in the sun – Jackson Hole News&Guide: Business

* Electric shock collars for dogs could be banned – The Scotsman

MSP Dennis Robertson, pictured with his guide dog , wants a ban on the electronic collars

MSP Dennis Robertson, pictured with his guide dog , wants a ban on the electronic collars. Picture: Neil Hanna

CONTROVERSIAL electric “shock” collars for dogs could be banned in Scotland amid complaints from animal welfare groups that they cause needless pain and suffering. [Read more about this here…]

Source: Electric shock collars for dogs could be banned – The Scotsman

* Blind Dog Rescue Alliance Announces the Launch of Its Monthly Newsletter – PR.com

Source: Blind Dog Rescue Alliance Announces the Launch of Its Monthly Newsletter – PR.com

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Along with their 400th rescue this past winter, the dedicated volunteers wish to educate the public with the launch of their newsletter.

Sharon Hill, PA, June 10, 2015 –(PR.com)– In August 2009, the organization that is known as the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance began. Karen Belfi is the founder and was the owner of a blind dog named Ray Charles. She was at a loss on how to train her pet. This insight made her come to the realization that there were other canines with visual and hearing issues who were less likely to be adopted because of their impairment. Thus BDRA was launched. She asked if other individuals were willing to step up for these animals. At present there are volunteers from all over the USA and extending to Canada who lend a hand in changing the fate of these wonderful dogs. Continue reading