Norwegian dogs dead in mysterious disease - can spread to Värmland
Several dogs have died in Norway after being infected by an unknown disease. The first reports concerned dogs in the Oslo area, but now the infection has spread in the country and there is a risk that even warmland dogs can be affected.
- Of course, it may be that the infection comes to Värmland if someone goes to Norway and the dog becomes infected, but at present there are no restrictions from any authority to cross the border, says Hans Rosengren, press informant at the Swedish Kennel Club."Avoid close contact"
The Norwegian dogs that have suffered have had diarrhea and vomiting and their general condition has rapidly deteriorated. According to NRK, almost 20 dogs have died as a result of the disease. Swedish dog owners are now urged by the kennel club to avoid their dogs sniffing on other dogs' stools or urine. They should also limit close contact with other dogs.
- If you go to Norway with your dog, you should definitely avoid meeting other dogs, but you should always be vigilant when it comes to close contact. You can let the dog meet your dog mates, but not other, unknown dogs for infection are easily spread that way, says Hans Rosenberg.No infection in Sweden yet
At present, according to the Swedish Kennel Club, there is no verified information that the Norwegian dog center has hit any Swedish dog. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority, together with the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, are working to find out what it is that has affected the dogs.
- We assume that these are viruses or bacteria, but the studies we have done of dogs so far have not given answers to what could be the cause of the outbreak, says Ann Margaret Grøndahl, section manager at the Mattilssynet in the Greater Oslo region, to the Norwegian Kennel Klub.
The Swedish Kennel Club encourages dog owners to contact the veterinarian immediately if their dog gets bloody diarrhea or a general impairment. In addition, they have decided not to allow Norwegian dogs to participate in exhibitions and competitions in Sweden for the time being. The Norwegian Kennel Club has also decided to cancel all competitions in Norway this coming weekend.