SCI (Seasonal Canine Illness)

Couple walking dogs through woodlands

In recent years, during autumn, several dogs walked in woodlands across the UK suddenly became ill. Cases of this illness, named Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) are usually seen from August to November. Please seek immediate advice from your vet if you are concerned about your dog.

What to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy

If you have walked in ANY woodland, at Clumber Park or elsewhere across the UK, and notice these signs in your dog within 72 hours, please contact a vet immediately. Clinical signs can appear incredibly quickly, within a few hours of access to woodland, but may take up to three days.

There are no known preventative measures, but the following may help:

  1. Ask your vet about topical spray treatments for mites, to apply to your dog immediately before a walk. These may offer more protection against mites than spot-on treatments.
  2. If you are taking your dog on holiday with you, and/or travelling long journeys in the lead up to walking in woodland, ensure your dog has lots of breaks and plenty of fresh water before, during and after your journey.

Dogs could be at risk to SCI walking in any woodland area during autumn. Please stay vigilant.

For the latest information or if you require any further advice about SCI, please visit the Animal Health Trust website