Owners warned about dogs’ illness at Canvey Heights Country Park

Echo: Mystery illnesses – dog walkers have been warned to keep an eye on their pets at the park Mystery illnesses – dog walkers have been warned to keep an eye on their pets at the park

DOG walkers are being warned to keep a close eye on their pets when walking at Canvey Heights Country Park after a number of dogs became ill after visiting the beauty spot.

It is thought that as many as four dogs have had to be treated at vet surgeries, with some being so bad they’ve had to be put on drips.

Walkers have taken to the popular Canvey Then and Now Facebook page to warn others and speculate the potential dangers their dog might face. Some think it is to do with poisonous algae or possibly caterpillars.

Elaine Kelly, the owner of In the Dog House, on Adelsburg Road, said she now avoids walking dogs in the park.

She said: “It seems to be an annual thing in the area when the dogs go in the puddles.

“It’s often in the summer time and there’s a big caterpillar infestation up there. This would now make it the third year in a row, though some say it’s down to the saliva left by snails. Dogs seem to get an upset stomach which carries on for longer than usual.

If they get ill it’s usually for about three days, but this goes on for longer.

“Some people have even said they have seen blood when they’ve been sick. People just have to be wary and observant.”

Canvey’s two vet surgeries, Riverside Veterinary Group and Medivet, both said they weren’t aware of dogs coming to their clinics ill because of the park, adding it would be hard to specify what could be a potential cause of the illness.

The Echo reported in August 2012 a Staffie called Derek became ill after drinking poisonous bacteria cyanobacteria – known as blue-green algae – from the parks lake. He spent 36 hours on a drip as he recovered.

Caterpillars in the park have even led to humans suffering in past from allergic reactions.

Tory councillor Ray Howard said he would be taking up the matter with Environmental Health: He said: “I don’t like to see any dogs getting hurt, and so if this is the case, I will be asking Environmental Health to look into this immediately.

“County Park is a nice open place where people enjoy going and taking their dogs for walks. I’m very sorry to hear that dogs are feeling unwell after visiting.”

Castle Point Borough Council were contacted, but unavailable for comment.

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1:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Keep on a lead then they won't wander out of reach and you can keep a watchful eye on them
Keep on a lead then they won't wander out of reach and you can keep a watchful eye on them DogsMessInLeigh
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4:15pm Tue 25 Feb 14

the25man says...

Well putting out a story like this will certainly get more dog owners to keep there dogs on a lead
Well putting out a story like this will certainly get more dog owners to keep there dogs on a lead the25man
  • Score: -9

4:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

It certainly isn't the caterpillars as they don't emerge until mid spring. I thought the blue/green algae was caused by sun and lack of rain hardly had that have we.
It certainly isn't the caterpillars as they don't emerge until mid spring. I thought the blue/green algae was caused by sun and lack of rain hardly had that have we. John T Pharro
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4:51pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's the diluted dog turds in the puddles spreading nasty diseases
It's the diluted dog turds in the puddles spreading nasty diseases Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

My dog says...

When ever I bring my dog home his coat is slightly wet and it stinks of a smelly old pond and by the way he is kept on a LEAD
When ever I bring my dog home his coat is slightly wet and it stinks of a smelly old pond and by the way he is kept on a LEAD My dog
  • Score: 1

2:26am Wed 26 Feb 14

emcee says...

John T Pharro wrote:
It certainly isn't the caterpillars as they don't emerge until mid spring. I thought the blue/green algae was caused by sun and lack of rain hardly had that have we.
Hmmm, I would not be too hasty with your comments. I had a butterfly fly into my home a couple of weeks ago. I ahve also seen two ladybirds already. This winter has been so mild (albeit wet) that nature is going haywire. Some of my garden plants did not even bother diying back during the winter like they normally do.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: It certainly isn't the caterpillars as they don't emerge until mid spring. I thought the blue/green algae was caused by sun and lack of rain hardly had that have we.[/p][/quote]Hmmm, I would not be too hasty with your comments. I had a butterfly fly into my home a couple of weeks ago. I ahve also seen two ladybirds already. This winter has been so mild (albeit wet) that nature is going haywire. Some of my garden plants did not even bother diying back during the winter like they normally do. emcee
  • Score: 2

9:02am Wed 26 Feb 14

Rachie says...

Just as a matter of interest, there have been several cases of similar illnesses in dogs reported in the New Forest over the last year or two.

I only know because I come from there originally from a family of dog lovers who still live there.

Perhaps the 2 authorities could put their heads together and see if there was some common factor.
Just as a matter of interest, there have been several cases of similar illnesses in dogs reported in the New Forest over the last year or two. I only know because I come from there originally from a family of dog lovers who still live there. Perhaps the 2 authorities could put their heads together and see if there was some common factor. Rachie
  • Score: 4

11:02am Wed 26 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Rachie wrote:
Just as a matter of interest, there have been several cases of similar illnesses in dogs reported in the New Forest over the last year or two.

I only know because I come from there originally from a family of dog lovers who still live there.

Perhaps the 2 authorities could put their heads together and see if there was some common factor.
Insect borne disease is suspected. Harvest mites are the main suspects if I remember the reports on BBC's Countryfile and other sources last year


http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-243
79616


The unseasonably warm weather is probably a factor this winter. I have seen caterpillars on my overwintering brassicas twice ths year already.
[quote][p][bold]Rachie[/bold] wrote: Just as a matter of interest, there have been several cases of similar illnesses in dogs reported in the New Forest over the last year or two. I only know because I come from there originally from a family of dog lovers who still live there. Perhaps the 2 authorities could put their heads together and see if there was some common factor.[/p][/quote]Insect borne disease is suspected. Harvest mites are the main suspects if I remember the reports on BBC's Countryfile and other sources last year http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-243 79616 The unseasonably warm weather is probably a factor this winter. I have seen caterpillars on my overwintering brassicas twice ths year already. Howard Cháse
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12:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Tom from Southend says...

That might help to keep dog numbers down. What about disease from the cr@p left everywhere and dogs running around in our parks as if the owners own the park.
That might help to keep dog numbers down. What about disease from the cr@p left everywhere and dogs running around in our parks as if the owners own the park. Tom from Southend
  • Score: -7

3:45pm Wed 26 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

emcee wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
It certainly isn't the caterpillars as they don't emerge until mid spring. I thought the blue/green algae was caused by sun and lack of rain hardly had that have we.
Hmmm, I would not be too hasty with your comments. I had a butterfly fly into my home a couple of weeks ago. I ahve also seen two ladybirds already. This winter has been so mild (albeit wet) that nature is going haywire. Some of my garden plants did not even bother diying back during the winter like they normally do.
Not hasty, correct there are no caterpillars yet. In fact there doesn't seem to be anything like the number of the web like nests the blighters over winter in as in other years either. Thank goodness for that.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: It certainly isn't the caterpillars as they don't emerge until mid spring. I thought the blue/green algae was caused by sun and lack of rain hardly had that have we.[/p][/quote]Hmmm, I would not be too hasty with your comments. I had a butterfly fly into my home a couple of weeks ago. I ahve also seen two ladybirds already. This winter has been so mild (albeit wet) that nature is going haywire. Some of my garden plants did not even bother diying back during the winter like they normally do.[/p][/quote]Not hasty, correct there are no caterpillars yet. In fact there doesn't seem to be anything like the number of the web like nests the blighters over winter in as in other years either. Thank goodness for that. John T Pharro
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

My dog wrote:
When ever I bring my dog home his coat is slightly wet and it stinks of a smelly old pond and by the way he is kept on a LEAD
So what have you let it roll in?
[quote][p][bold]My dog[/bold] wrote: When ever I bring my dog home his coat is slightly wet and it stinks of a smelly old pond and by the way he is kept on a LEAD[/p][/quote]So what have you let it roll in? John T Pharro
  • Score: 2

6:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

happysoul says...

Tom from Southend wrote:
That might help to keep dog numbers down. What about disease from the cr@p left everywhere and dogs running around in our parks as if the owners own the park.
Not all dog owners leave cr@p lying about, responsible owners pick it up.
[quote][p][bold]Tom from Southend[/bold] wrote: That might help to keep dog numbers down. What about disease from the cr@p left everywhere and dogs running around in our parks as if the owners own the park.[/p][/quote]Not all dog owners leave cr@p lying about, responsible owners pick it up. happysoul
  • Score: 12

8:26am Tue 4 Mar 14

PodgySpud says...

A friend of mine had her cat ripped apart by a dog near Canvey Lake last night, the dog vanished and the family pet cat died! Very upset family there!!
Disgraceful, that could have been a child! Nothing will be done. CONTROL YOUR DOGS AND KEEP THEM ON A LEAD!
A friend of mine had her cat ripped apart by a dog near Canvey Lake last night, the dog vanished and the family pet cat died! Very upset family there!! Disgraceful, that could have been a child! Nothing will be done. CONTROL YOUR DOGS AND KEEP THEM ON A LEAD! PodgySpud
  • Score: -1

8:51am Tue 4 Mar 14

PodgySpud says...

happysoul wrote:
Tom from Southend wrote:
That might help to keep dog numbers down. What about disease from the cr@p left everywhere and dogs running around in our parks as if the owners own the park.
Not all dog owners leave cr@p lying about, responsible owners pick it up.
Responsible owners? If anyone would care to go down by the Lobstersmack and watch all the dog owners allowing their dogs to mess everywhere and just walking off and leaving it!!
It is terrible down there! It's been going on for years, dog walkers seem to think it's somewhere to go and allow your dog to mess without having to pick it up!
[quote][p][bold]happysoul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tom from Southend[/bold] wrote: That might help to keep dog numbers down. What about disease from the cr@p left everywhere and dogs running around in our parks as if the owners own the park.[/p][/quote]Not all dog owners leave cr@p lying about, responsible owners pick it up.[/p][/quote]Responsible owners? If anyone would care to go down by the Lobstersmack and watch all the dog owners allowing their dogs to mess everywhere and just walking off and leaving it!! It is terrible down there! It's been going on for years, dog walkers seem to think it's somewhere to go and allow your dog to mess without having to pick it up! PodgySpud
  • Score: 0

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