Countryfile TOMORROW

The Animal Health Trust’s investigation into seasonal canine illness (SCI) will feature on BBC’s Countryfile this Sunday 21 October, with the programme on air from 18:20. As part of his ‘Investigates…’ series, Tom Heap speaks with Dr. Richard Newton who is spearheading the AHT’s investigation into SCI. Tom will also report from woodlands where suspected cases of SCI have recently been reported. If you are a dog owner who is still unsure about what SCI is, what the clinical signs are and how you can help our investigation into this mystery illness, please watch this episode. You can watch it live on BBC1 on 21 October or when it becomes available on BBC iPlayer for the following week.

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    If you walk your dog in any of the Animal Health Trust’s five study sites – Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire; Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk; Sandringham Estate, Norfolk; Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Thetford Forest, Norfolk – during the months of August to November this year, please download a questionnaire – – complete it and return to the AHT.

    NB. Your dog does not need to have developed signs of SCI … the AHT research team need questionnaires from non-affected dogs (controls) as well as affected dogs (cases).

    Whilst the AHT’s investigation focusses on the five study sites listed above, they want to highlight that dogs could be at risk of SCI walking in any woodland during autumn, so they advise dog owners to remain vigilant and seek veterinary advice immediately if they suspect their dog has SCI. If your dog develops symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy within about 24 hours of walking in woodland, please seek veterinary advice as soon as possible – early treatment of SCI can make all the difference.

    If you would like any further information or have any particular queries about SCI, please contact the AHT – Tel: 01638 555399 or Email:

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