Dozens of dogs in Norway have recently contracted a mysterious and life-threatening illness, raising fears among dog owners, who have been warned to limit contacts between dogs, according to AFP.
Nearly 200 dogs have displayed the same symptoms, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and intense fatigue, which have caused 25 deaths in recent weeks, Norway's Veterinary Institute said on Monday September 9th.
Veterinary Institute spokesperson Asle Haukaas was cited as saying, "This doesn't necessarily mean that it's the same illness, as there are lots of illnesses that can lead to these kinds of symptoms in dogs."
Having performed autopsies on ten dogs, a severe intestinal infection was revealed in each case and five of them had "abnormally elevated levels" of two bacteria, Providencia alcalifaciens and Clostridium perfringens.
Greater Oslo has seen the greatest number of deaths but there have been a few cases in other parts of the country.
Besides cancelling dog shows and gatherings, owners have been urged to limit contacts between dogs and many owners have stopped taking their pets to public areas.