A mystery dog illness which sparked a warning for pet owners to stop walking their pets on beaches may have been caused by a coronavirus, experts have today claimed.
Pet owners across the country were put on alert last month after hundreds of dogs fell ill following walks on UK beaches – with a high number of reports coming from Yorkshire.
At least one dog, a ‘fit and strong’ Great Dane, died from a suspected lung infection following a visit Hayling Island beach near Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Vets had initially feared polluted sea water around the UK could have been behind the spate of severe vomiting and diarrhoea cases.
One veterinary nurse even issued a warning to dog owners to avoid the beach after noticing a ‘high increase’ of dogs coming into practices with the mystery illness.
But researchers from the University of Liverpool now believe the ‘outbreak’ of acute gastrointestinal (GI) disease may have been caused by a type of coronavirus.
At least one dog, a ‘fit and…