'GO SLOW' alert

Although having been seen mainly in Northland, our local laboratory has issued a warning about an unexplained condition, nicknamed "Go Slow", that has been seen in working and pig dogs.

The symptoms include muscle trembling (especially in the front legs), muscle pain, dilated pupils and collapse. Following this is a long period of exercise intolerance, some dogs never returning to full fitness. The cause is currently unknown, but there is a strong link to feeding wild pork or other wild game, even if frozen or cooked.

We recommend NOT FEEDING EITHER to your dogs until the cause of this condition has been found. If you think your dog has developed this condition, please contact us, as the laboratory is very interested in testing affected animals and trying to find some answers!

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