A deadly illness caused by a virus, new and emerging in dogs, has been found recently in two states. It has proven to be fatal in a number of instances, sickening and killing dogs.
So far only California and Ohio have filed reports to the Department of Agriculture. Dog owners are advised to observe their dogs and note these symptoms:
The virus found is canine circovirus – which is not common to dogs. This is a virus typically found in pigs. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, neurological problems, a lack of appetite and lethargy. Left untreated, dogs can die within 48 hours.
Dog owners are urged to contact their veterinarians at once if their dogs display any of the symptoms mentioned above. The dogs should be immediately tested for canine circovirus. The time constraints as to whether a dog can live are tight, only 48 hours without treatment.
If anyone has particular questions, they may get in touch with the Ohio Department of Agriculture in their Animal Health Division for additional detail and information.
If there are any confirmed cases of this illness, reports should be filed with the Department of Agriculture to assure the proper monitoring of this virus.
There remains too much about this virus that is unknown. For instance, is this virus in any way related to a pet food – how is this virus contracted – how is it spread?
Follow this link, Centers for Disease Control, to read a detailed article.
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