Sickness mystery deepens as over 150 dogs who all walk on same UK coast fall ill

A mystery illness which has left more than 150 dogs ill with vomiting and diarrhoea is still puzzling experts.

Veterinary nurse Brogan Proud first raised the alarm after a flood of cases where dogs were laid low after visiting beaches in Yorkshire.

After putting her initial warning on Facebook, social media has lit up with owners reporting more cases.

Ms Proud, who runs Yorkshire Coast Pet Care, told Yorkshire Live: "As it's gone so public, it just seems to be much higher numbers than I thought. I know the local authorities have been testing, they can't find anything as of yet.

"They are trying to get to the bottom of it but at the moment there isn't anything that they can offer me as to what's happening and what's going on."

A number of people have suggested the illness is caused by a toxic plant or virus, but Ms Proud said there wasn't any evidence to support such claims.

Others have speculated the issue may be due to sewage or seaweed, bird poo or even dead sea creatures washed up by recent storms.

Others say it is just a general bug going round which is not related specifically to the coast.

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Dog owners have shared their own experiences.

Kate Mugridge posted: "I walked my two-year-old dog on Whitby beach on New Years Day and the next day sickness and diarrhoea.

"I have never seen my dog so lethargic and literally not moving – thankfully vets back home have sorted him out."

Shelley Enna Dale Anderson wrote: "My six-month-old Lab has had horrendous diarrhoea for the past four days, thankfully he’s now almost back to his usual self.

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"I was going to contact the vets today if there was no improvement. We have walked on both the beach at Robin Hood's Bay and the railway line at Bay/Thorpe."

For the time being Ms Proud is advising pet owners to stay away from the beaches until local authorities have concluded their investigations.

There are around 42 beaches that people have been told to avoid including Filey Bay and Runswick Bay.

Ms Proud said: "Obviously it's personal choice and people can do whatever they like but I'm not taking my dog to the beach.

“If your dog is showing symptoms please let the local authority aware as well as seeking veterinary attention should your pet need it.”

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