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Mushrooms Behind Norway Dog Deaths!

Investigators linked mushroom bloom to mysterious illness.

Oslo, September 10, 2019: Mystery illness is claiming the lives of dogs in Norway. Before the pet parents could understand the gravity of diseases they are losing their pets. Now in a recent revelation Investigators have linked wild mushrooms growth in the region to the dog deaths.

Vets and scientists racing to discover the cause of the disease thought to have proved fatal for 26 pets are examining a range of possible causes including viruses, pollution, hot weather and new parasites. But a wet summer in Norway has provided conditions for mushrooms to flourish in gardens and forests – one line of inquiry.

Dogs falling ill suffer bloody diarrhoea and/or vomiting, and their general condition rapidly deteriorates, owners say. Some animals have died in less than 24 hours, before they could be rushed to a vet. Owners are so worried about the disease outbreak that they have inundated authorities with enquiries.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute told The Independent one owner said at the weekend his two dogs – who were “guaranteed” not to have had contact with other animals – had fallen ill. They recovered with treatment. Asle Haukaas, of the institute, said that lines of investigation included viruses, extremes of weather, new parasites and this year’s higher than usual growth of mushrooms.

“It’s complex because the symptoms are normal in dogs from eating a mouse or mushrooms or bad water. What’s new is how rapid this illness has become,” he said. Dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes were vulnerable, he said. Norway’s Food Safety Authority says 26 pets have died so far. According to the Kennel Club, scientists have ruled out salmonella, campylobacter and rat poison. The disease was first discovered in Oslo, in the south-east, but cases have since cropped up in 14 of the country’s 18 counties, especially the east, and including in the far north.

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Mystery Illness is Killing Norway Dogs, Experts Clueless

So far 25 dogs have lost their lives.

Oslo, September 8, 2019: Mysterious disease is claiming the lives of Norwegian dogs. Norwegian Food Safety Authority said up to 40 dogs had fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, and several later died. The first cases were in the capital Oslo, and others have since been reported in at least 13 other towns.

According to BBC, the Veterinary Institute said it was unclear if two suspect bacteria types found in autopsies were the cause. Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reports that a total of 25 dogs have died from the condition. However, this has not been confirmed by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

A dog in neighbouring Sweden has also been admitted to veterinary hospital after appearing at a show in the Norwegian city of Trondheim, according to Swedish newspaper GT. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute said its pathologists found that three dogs showed signs of a bloody gut, and that it had ruled out common causes like salmonella and rat poison.

Food safety authority spokesman Ole-Herman Tronerud told NRK that the illness seemed “very serious for a dog. But we don’t know yet whether this is contagious or just a series of individual cases”. The agency has advised dog owners to keep animals on a lead in order to avoid contact with other canines.

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