Dog owners warned over fresh outbreak of killer disease that ‘eats’ pet dogs

A pet has died after being taken for a walk at Goonhilly Down, near Helston, Cornwall, and with experts saying the killer germ thrives in cold, wet weather, it’s looking ominous as Christmas approaches.

With Storm Diana sweeping in and predictions of floods, the bug will flourish in soaking-wet woods and fields where people take their dogs for walks.

Vets are braced for a crop of deaths and the ‘season’ of tragedy has already started in Cornwall, where Helston veterinary practice Head and Head described how the dog had to be euthanised.

“The dog presented with an unusual looking skin lesion, several large ulcers in his mouth and blood tests showed that he was suffering from severe acute renal failure.

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