OSLO – Veterinarians in Oslo have reported dozens of dogs developing symptoms which include vomiting blood and bloody diarrhea. The disease, yet to be identified, it develops rapidly with some dogs dying.
Veterinarians estimate that as many as 20 have died country wide.
Norwegian Food Safety Authority said that it had been informed of another six new cases of dogs falling ill, with two already dead. All with the same symptoms of vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
The disease seemes “very serious for a dog. But we don’t know yet whether its contagious an official said.
The majority of cases have been reported in and around the capital Oslo, but also in Bergen,Trondheim, and Nordland.
The Norwegian Veterinary Institute said Friday that it had detected two unspecified bacteria in autopsies. They are still unable to clarify whether that was the cause of the outbreak.
“To have healthy and great Norwegian dogs die so quickly is naturally serious. It’s a very special situation I haven’t been involved in before” the institute’s director, Jorun Jarp, said.
In Sweden, the Veterinary Institute said it had been overwhelmed with questions from dog owners concerned over the spread of the disease.
The institute said it currently had no information “to show that it is an infectious outbreak. Saying that had doubts it would pose a risk to dogs across the border in Sweden.”