Three dogs have died from a mysterious sickness believed to be contracted at a dog day care facility in Norwood. All three of the known dogs suffered from the same symptoms before expiring.
Dog deaths centering on a Norwood day care facility.One owner, after returning home with his dogs, noticed bleeding and not acting himself. This dog was taken to an emergency vet office and was told he was probably suffering from hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. This is a life threatening bacterial endotoxin or a toxicity to some specific food.
Vomiting, followed by depression and bloody stools accompany the foul odor that is usually present. Death occurs very quickly in the older dog, or the puppy or dog with comprised immune systems. Death can occur within twenty four hours.
The treatment is usually heavy intravenous fluids with antibiotics and a normal, healthy dog can shed it in one or two days. Supposedly, according to The Merck Veterinary Manual, this is not contagious....so that leads to the question of food?
The cases that one emergency vet clinic did lab work, said they should have results back within the week and will release findings at that time.
Meantime, the doggy day care in Norwood has expressed their sympathies to their clients and look to see how this happened.
There has been a recent recall of possible Salmonella contamination of Iam's and Eukanuba pet food from Proctor and Gamble. Pictures of affected dog food recall can be found here, courtesy of Fox 19 News.