Veterinary experts have said that more research is needed into a disease that killed 30 dogs over 18 months.
According to research published in the Veterinary Record journal, the cause of the dogs’ deaths was suspected to be Alabama Rot, which causes skin lesions and kidney failure.
It is still not known how the disease, which is known in the USA, began but possible cases have so far been identified in 71 dogs across England between November 2012 and March 2014.
Dogs from Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Dorset, Shropshire, Surrey, Cornwall, Worcestershire, County Durham and Monmouthshire have displayed symptoms.
This is the first report of a series of cases in England, with five English springer spaniels, four flat-coated retrievers and two border collies amongst those that have died.
Although the dogs were from multiple locations, 10 had been in the New Forest in Hampshire shortly before becoming unwell.
Most of the dogs developed skin lesions but some also developed tiredness, loss of appetite, vomiting and fever.
Researchers stated that these symptoms were the result of acute kidney injury caused by damage to the small blood vessels in the organs.
The report stated: “Continued detailed evaluation will enhance the understanding of the disease and will hopefully help to identify possible triggers.”