Vet Warns Pet Owners About Little-Understood ‘Seasonal Canine Illness’ That Makes Dogs Nauseous

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

For all pet owners, there’s nothing scarier than finding out your pet is sick.

Whether you realize it because they’re experiencing severe symptoms, or you don’t learn about it until you take your pet to a vet visit, it’s always terrifying to find out that your fur baby isn’t feeling well.

Even if all they have is the sniffles, it can be heartbreaking to see your dog struggling. But it’s scariest when you don’t know what’s causing your pup’s sickness.

A vet in the UK is warning dog owners about a mystery illness affecting pets that everyone needs to know more about. The sickness — called Seasonal Canine Illness — is very mysterious, but we do know that it is potentially fatal for dogs, especially if you don’t know the symptoms.

Nobody is entirely sure what causes Seasonal Canine Illness, but it’s probably linked to harvest mites.

Read below to find out more about Seasonal Canine Illness and how to recognize the symptoms.

[H/T: Country Living]

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A UK veterinary office, Doncaster Vets4Pets, shared some information about Seasonal Canine Illness that every dog owner should know.

The post got a lot of attention. Within less than 10 days, it had over 3,070 shares on Facebook.

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Doncaster Vets4Pets wrote:

Unfortunately today we have had 2 very serious cases of seasonal canine illness with us at our Wheatley practice.

It has been brought to our attention that these dogs were only walked within the Doncaster area recently (around Edenthorpe and Dunsville quarry).

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Please be wary of the common signs of seasonal canine illness, as this can potentially become life threatening. Signs may include:


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Harvest mites are a likely cause of seasonal canine illness. They are small orange mites that accumulate around the feet, joint folds and muzzle area.

They concluded the post by saying that if your pet shows any of these signs, contact your vet immediately.

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Lintbells natural pet health explains:

Harvest mites (Trombicula autumnalis) cause seasonal skin challenges for dogs during late summer and autumn.

If your dog is exposed to harvest mites, your dog may react by scratching the irritated area.

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Within a few hours, the itching and irritation may start — and it may last for weeks at a time.

If the dog scratches and damages their skin, they may also open that area up to infections from bacteria.

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Keep an eye out for little orange mites on your dog’s skin. They’re only active during the day, so if you avoid walking and going out with your dog during the daytime, it should help them avoid mites.

If you think your dog might have mites, contact your vet for help.

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