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Deadly toxin could have claimed life of another dog
A DEADLY toxin that claimed the lives of at least 12 dogs after they were walked near Fordingbridge earlier this year is feared by owners to have struck again.
A dog called Gemma presented with similar symptoms reported in cases from January to April after walking at Linwood last Thursday.
She died 48 hours after the walk, despite the intervention of specialist vets Anderson Moores of Winchester. However the practice has cast doubt on whether it is the same illness, and has urged people, who flooded social media websites with warnings, not to panic.
Gemma, who had just turned three, was just about to join the senior team for flyball, where dogs race over hurdles.
Owner Chris Janson said: “It was such a shock. I keep bursting into tears.
“We were walking around Broomley and Holly Hatch enclosures and had been walking for about an hour when she lifted her paw to tell me something was wrong with it.
“My friend and I looked and looked and couldn’t see anything in her paw, but she wouldn’t walk and I had to carry her back.
“I took her to my vet that afternoon, and they treated her for a suspected bite, but when that didn’t do anything they sent her to Anderson Moores on Friday morning, but it was hopeless. Her kidneys had completely failed.”
Mrs Janson also has a Weimaraner, which was unaffected.
Symptoms of the previous outbreak, which claimed its last victim in April, usually start with limping and/or a swollen paw or leg, and lead to renal failure within days.
One of the two dogs that survived it, Squibby the jack russell, was on a drip for nine days and it was only six weeks later, when her toenail dropped out, that the toxin was found to have gone from her system.
Practice director Davina Anderson said: “The symptoms were similar but we cannot say that this is the same illness that affected dogs earlier in the year.
“It was a lot quicker and the skin lesions were different. We can’t say for sure but we feel that it probably isn’t the same condition.”
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