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Beware Snails (etc.)

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BrianW Report 17 Jun 2008 10:59

Thursday before last when I got home one of the dogs (Labs) was acting a bit strange and a little while later I noticed that she was panting and trembling.
We phoned the vet and took her over, she wetted in the car and in the vets (something she never does).
The emergency vet gave her a good going over, did some tests and thought it might be a urinary infection. Painkiller and anti-inflamatory injections were given.

Back to see our own vet the next day and she was put on antibiotics.

Back to the vets last Saturday and the test results were back.

It was e-coli. We were horrified.

The vet thought she might have picked it up from eating an infected snail, bird droppings or a dead bird.

Thank God we noticed it so quickly and took her over straight away, as the outcome could have been nasty - although she's still on antibiotics and there could be other complications.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 17 Jun 2008 11:02

Sorry to hear about this Brian. What a worry for you but I'm glad you got help quickly.

I do hope she is recovering well now.

Were the other dogs OK?



BrianW Report 17 Jun 2008 11:05

Hi Gwyn,
Yes, the others (our other Lab and MIL's Yorkie) and fine.
The snails and slugs aren't, many of them met an untimely end on Saturday.


BrianW Report 18 Jun 2008 17:18

Apparently there's a glut of slugs and snails because of the mild damp winter, so please watch out for what your dog is snacking on.


Julie Report 18 Jun 2008 17:20

Ooo nasty.....well done for acting on it pronto.

Would this effect cats too do you think...??

Our cat Seuss likes birds....!!


maggiewinchester Report 18 Jun 2008 18:50

Hope he recovers soon, Brian.

Doesn't bode well for hedgehogs either does it?

Staffs Col

Staffs Col Report 18 Jun 2008 18:52

OMG my party piece at BBQ's was to pick snails off the garden wall and scoff them...shells as well...Colin scurries off to throw up!


JoyBoroAngel Report 18 Jun 2008 18:53


and ive just been out with the salt

killing the little monsters xx

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 18 Jun 2008 20:36

Brian, I hope she is ok, thanks for the warning,

Caz xxx


BrianW Report 18 Jun 2008 22:56

The vets have had four other cases in the past fortnight, so watch out.