GRV advises participants of recent reports of different diseases amongst pet dogs in Victoria, and to notify GRV of any suspect cases via firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 8329 1100.
Acute hepatopathy (liver disease) cases in dogs
A cluster of cases of acute hepatopathy in Victorian dogs that were fed pet meat (particularly in Gippsland) have recently been identified by the PetFAST system (an initiative to identify health problems potentially associated with pet food).
Whilst these cases are being investigated as potentially associated with pet food, no definitive link has been identified and this is a precautionary alert.
Dogs that have eaten pet meat and have acute onset of vomiting, inappetence, excessive thirst, or jaundice should contact their veterinarian as soon as possible and notify GRV.
It is recommended that any dog with an acute hepatopathy receives intensive supportive care and diet change.
Acute gastroenteritis (gastro) cases in dogs
A cluster of cases of highly contagious gastroenteritis was reported in media over the weekend centred around a dog park in Melbourne. Acute onset of vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, inappetence and lethargy were observed.
Greyhound Racing New Zealand also recently confirmed infectious gastroenteritis (canine enteric coronavirus or CECoV) cases on two greyhound properties in late June.
These cases have similarities to the large gastro outbreak experienced by the industry in early 2020.
As such, participants should ensure appropriate biosecurity precautions, and should signs develop, seek advice from their veterinarian as soon as possible and notify GRV.
Further information is provided in this Infectious Gastroenteritis Fact Sheet