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Dog deaths in east

Dog deaths in east

Possible meat link in Bairnsdale dog deaths

A liver toxin outbreak has caused a number of dog deaths in the Bairnsdale area over the last couple of weeks.

Vets in East Gippsland have been treating dogs with acute toxic hepatitis, with five deaths being reported by Bairnsdale's Main Street Veterinary Clinic alone.

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A cause is still being established but the common link appears to be dogs eating raw beef from the same supplier.

Work continues to identify the toxin involved but as a precaution, local vets are advising people not to feed raw beef purchased from the start of June.

Vets say most dogs don’t get sick but the signs to look for include: excessive thirst, not eating, vomiting, lethargy, and yellowing around the eyes and gums.

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