The City of Miamisburg's Ninth Annual Canine Carnival planned for Sunday at Riverfront Park in Ohio was canceled on Friday because of reports of a fatal dog virus according to wdtn.com. There have been four confirmed deaths of dogs in Cincinnati and Akron-Canton; eight more cases are now under investigation.
The fun event included dog contests, look-alike humans and dogs, and dog parades. Related walks and runs will still be held, but dog owners are asked to leave their four-legged friends home.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Erica Hawkins, communication director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture stated on Friday that samples from the dogs who died are still being tested although experts suspect canine circovirus.
Little is known about the virus, however the symptoms closely resemble parvovirus.
Three of the dogs who have died were from the same kennel in Cinncinati. The other dog was from the Akron-Canton area. A veterinarian in the area was able to treat two other dogs with similar symptoms.
Authorities caution owners if their dogs present with vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy to immediately take their pets to a veterinarian hospital.
Earlier this week, a Chicago woman reported her eight-year-old French bulldog, Roxie, died after presenting with similar symptoms. Roxie's owner is urging any dog owner to pay special attention to any unusual behavior from their dogs or in their health.
ChicagoNow.com posted Shawna Steiner's, Roxie's human, warning to other dog lovers:
“I don’t know 100 percent that this is what killed Roxie, but in my heart of hearts, I think it is canine circovirus. What I want to do is get the word out that you need to pay attention to your dog – if he or she is droopy or doesn’t eat or their behavior is off, go to your vet because my dog got very ill so very fast. No matter what it is, you need to be vigilant for your pet.”
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