Three dogs in the Cincinnati area recently died and dozens more were sickened from a deadly, unknown illness. Now, as the Beacon Journal reported on Friday, the illness may be spreading upstate.
In the past few weeks, one Canal Fulton animal hospital has already seen four dogs with the same symptoms. Three were treated and survived. One dog died.
According to the owner of the dog who died, the Labrador Retriever did not travel out of the Canal Fulton area, or even leave her own yard. However, two of the other dogs had been in Cincinnati recently. And at least six of the ill canines in Cincinnati had one thing in common: they were boarded at the same doggie day care in Norwood.
A dog in Louisville reportedly also displayed the same symptoms.
Once a dog starts showing signs of the illness, the dog can die within 48 hours. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, a rapid heartbeat, trouble breathing, depression and weakness.
It is not known if it is bacterial or toxin-related, however blood tests taken on the dogs ruled out salmonella, E. Coli and distemper. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is collecting data, and it may take weeks before anything is known on samples sent to be analyzed.
Authorities are warning dog owners to keep an eye on their dog, and take him to the vet immediately if he shows any signs of the aggressive illness, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, or diarrhea.
Boarding kennels and doggie day care facilities in Ohio do not have to be professionally licensed and the government does not inspect those facilities either. See article ‘Dying in doggie day care.’
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