Apparently not contagious, I asked the vet if it was caught through cuts, scratches ect on the feet, she said they think it can just be absorbed through the pad, although I think they're in the wind with it really.
It seems dogs that get walked on paths, round estates ect don't get it, just...
It seems to be a pathogen/bacterial infection (?) present in muddy areas..
Talking to the vet that treated our dog, she said they think the damage is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria but they are in the dark with this one really.
They Asked on behalf of the A R research fund...
Just a heads up.
We lost one of our dogs yesterday to the above.
We are in the Leesbrook ares of Oldham.
Not much you can do once they have it but staying away from muddy areas and washing the dogs feet may help avoid catching it.
Bit difficult really, means walking them on paths etc but...
It happened in my nieces school couple of month back, someone used a normal black marker, wouldn't come off.
Teachers scratching thier heads..
Our niece goes up, picks up the proper pen, traces over the 'permanent' marker, comes off a treat.
My diesel van had drain back issues, a small blast of easy start (acetone) would bang it into life and spin it enough to pull the fuel up.
If yours goes OK with the easystart then dies you know there's water there or duff fuel.
I dug a short piece of girder (I section, h section? Whatever it's called ) out of the scrap bin, slit it down the middle so it was two T shapes.
Ground an edge on the upside down T.
Chucked it under the bed in the van, great when I'm camping.
You could weld a safety guard round it I suppose.