Dog illness at Pishiobury Park
Published 11th December 2019
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The tests of the water course samples and the cattle have not indicated  results that would pose a problem to dogs. As part of our investigation we contacted the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS).

VPIS have said, ‘There are several potential toxins in public parks which can affect dogs who are walked there and it can be extremely difficult to identify the cause if a dog becomes ill, especially in a park the size of Pishiobury. This year the Veterinary Poisons Information Service and Animal PoisonLine have had an unusually large number of calls about fungi/mushroom ingestion in dogs which could potentially cause the mild signs seen in the small number of dogs who have become unwell in this park, although other plant and tree material can also cause similar signs. There is no evidence of malicious poisoning.’

The Council advises dog owners to be vigilant and to supervise their pets to help prevent them from eating plants and fungi.

Please continue to enjoy using our parks and to keep your dogs under effective control as recommended in the Countryside Code. This advises that you:

  • keep your dog on a lead, or
  • keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command
  • ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access

This should help to keep your dog safe from harm.  If you would like to find out more, the code is available to download.