DEFRA ‘alert’ after reports of dogs getting sick on northeastern beaches

DEFRA has confirmed that it is knowledgeable after a veterinary group issued an emergency warning to dog aerators on Northeast beaches.

The Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed to The Northern Echo that it is known after dogs became ill with ‘disease and diarrhea.’

Yorkshire Coast Pet Care, which has practices up and down the region, revealed this week that it had been “flooded” with bad pets after allegedly visiting the beach.

The group did not disclose the exact locations of cases, but said Tuesday morning that the problem had become “more widespread” than originally expected.

In a warning, it urged dog owners to avoid the beach and report symptoms of illness to the responsible local authority and inform the vet.

It said: “I work in several practices up and down the northeast coast and we have recently been flooded with dogs coming from the beaches with vomiting and diarrhea.

Read more: Warning after dogs get sick with ‘disease and diarrhea’ on northeastern beaches

Personally, until the local authorities get to the bottom of it, I would not recommend taking your pets to the beach in the foreseeable future.

“I’ve been in contact with governing bodies and they’re investigating it at the moment.

“If your dog shows symptoms, let the local authorities be aware as well as seek veterinary advice if your pet needs it.”

Dozens of pet owners have been on social media to report the same symptoms in recent days throughout the Northeast.

The northern echo:

A dog owner said, “My little dog goes to Redcar Beach every morning, she’s been sick since last Friday, sick and has had diarrhea.

“Very sleepy (and) not at all her usual self now.”

Another said: “Our puppy was sick from Thursday, we never knew it could be the beach.

“Until we went for a walk with him on South Bay, Scarborough again Saturday night. Sunday he was sick with illness and upset stomach again.”

Fortunately, there have been no reports of deaths.

It comes as authorities are still believed to be investigating the deaths of thousands of crabs when they were washed up on the region’s beaches last year.

Read more: Chemical pollution ruled out as cause of death of thousands of crabs on northeastern beaches

Chemical pollution and wastewater were ruled out as possible causes, but the Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) said the probes continued.

Since the crabs’ deaths, there has been no indication that dogs are in danger of visiting the affected beaches.

This evening, DEFRA confirmed that it is aware of reports and said it is in contact with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

APHA is responsible for identifying and controlling “endemic, exotic diseases and pests” in animals, plants and bees and monitoring new and emerging pests and diseases.

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