Mystery of sickness in dogs walking in Appley to St Helens area (updated)

Some dogs walked in the area have been displaying symptoms of sickness. Vets urge anyone concerned about their dog to have them checked out.

There has been a tremendous amount of talk on Facebook about dogs getting sick after walking around the Appley to St Helens area. Sadly, this includes the story of one resident who lost their dog to a week of prolonged sickness due to a ‘gastric bug’.

The Lawns Veterinary Group in Ryde say they’ve seen dealt with cases of sickness in dogs that have been walked around Appley, through to St Helens. The cause of the sickness seems to be a mystery at the moment, but they report a good response from those dogs they’ve treated.

There’s no suggestion that dog walkers should avoid the area, but it’s probably worth keeping a close eye on your dog and its well-being if you do walk in those areas.

Unlikely to be connected to mushrooms
Ryde resident, Cora Wade, was able to tell On The Wight more about the situation after she recently had to take her dog, Harvey, to The Lawns.

Whilst out walking in Appley Park, Cora had noticed Harvey eating mushrooms and after hearing a report of a dog that’d died in November from eating poisonous mushrooms, she rushed him straight to the vets. The vet emptied his stomach and although no tests were carried out to identify whether the mushrooms were poisonous, Harvey was treated as such and is now recovering well.

It was whilst at the vets, Cora heard more about the reports of sickness in dogs in the Ryde area.

See your vet if dog unwell
She told On The Wight that the advice from The Lawns was if a dog becomes sick after a walk at the locations above (or at any time) that they should be taken to their normal vets so they can be given a full examination.

Each case is different, and some dogs will react differently than others to the sickness, so the advice was to be cautious and take your dog in if you have any concerns.

Response from the council
On The Wight asked the council whether they would be investigating the problem.

They said, “Having checked with the relevant contractors as well as the Environment Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, there is no evidence whatsoever that there is anything within the council’s control that is responsible for this reported sickness.”

Image: Ron Saunders47 under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013 12:14pm



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Is the area being investigated, dogs are lower to the ground than adults, so are children.


Probably untreated sewage being washed ashore from passing shipping ot faulty outflows.

In the past, some dogs have become ill after swimming in Bembridge Harbour and around the Point- untreated sewage from the houseboats is often blamed as being the source.

Further along the beach one can often see brown scum on incoming tides. Think twice about swimming there.


Sewage, of course!

I understand, Southern Water renders most of our effluent invisible. Before it is pumped way-out to sea, I believe, the vast majority of sewage is macerated into very small particles. Thus preventing any returning floaters and better dilution, yum!

So, nigh-on impossible to make the connection. An ever-present risk, not just this time of year, and not just for dogs…

Every years we get the fuss about the smell of rotting seaweed on Rye and Appley beaches. The green slime and seaweed thrive on nutrient-rich areas such as sewage outfalls. “[Seaweed] growth is promoted by excess nutrients, mainly nitrogen, nitrates and ammonia,” said Dave Lowthion, marine team leader at the Environment Agency. “We know that the two key sources to this are nitrogen in sewage discharges and… Read more »

Pumped way out to sea and then comes in with the tide. If the sea is contaminated with sewage, which I consider it must be regardless of their claims, the sand on beaches must be as well as when the tide goes out it leaves masses of these microscopic particles on the sand.

Carolyn. Sibley

My dog has not been to the St. Helens area, but she has had a week of a gastric upset, now recovered, she had only been walked on the Newport Cowes cycle track and Northwood Park.
Her sister and mother in Bembridge have also had the same bug all dogs now well and normal – looks to me like some contagious diarhorrea vomiting virus.