In dogs, a rare flesh-eating disease, ‘Necrotizing Fasciitis’ is found on Vancouver Island. The veterinarians encourage people to be aware of the disease and take care of their pets.

Necrotizing Fasciitis is a disease affecting the skin, underlying fats and fascia. The bacteria keep eating the healthy tissue of the dogs. The bacteria in the body enter through the wounds or cuts in the body of your pet.

The disease is often hard to treat and is seen to be fatal. The Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital is making people aware of the disease and is suggesting not to panic in this situation.

Until now, six cases of Necrotizing Fasciitis have been reported in Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum Beach since October. The disease occurred in five different breeds of dogs and the sixth case information has yet to be known as the owners have not released any information.

Symptoms Of The Disease

  • Pain, swelling and wound in limbs.
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Fever

“We don’t exactly know under what exact conditions it allows it to do that because a lot of dogs will have strep canis but not get necrotizing fasciitis. There’s still a lot of unanswered questions,” says Dr Catherine Daniel, a veterinarian at Nanaimo’s Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital.

‘Streptococcus Canis’, is a bacteria living on the skin surface of the dogs that are harmless until entered inside the body of the dogs. The exact cause of the disease is yet to be known and confirmed.

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