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ONGOING investigations of ‘seasonal canine illness’ (SCI) by the Animal Health Trust (AHT) have suggested that toxic effects induced by plants are unlikely to be the cause of the signs seen in affected animals.
Cases of the illness have emerged each autumn over the past few years. Affected dogs show signs of vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking and trembling and high temperature, generally within 24 hours of being walked in the countryside, especially in woodlands. Cases have been reported from the Sandringham Estate and Thetford Forest in Norfolk and Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. …