According to an article published by Medical Daily on October 6, a Michigan veterinarian is now saying that an unknown virus that is killing dogs in at least two states may be spreading from humans to dogs.
Medical Daily reports that Dr. Lindsay Ruland, who is a veterinarian in Ann Arbor, has treated dogs that appear to suffer from this mysterious virus. Ruland told reporters that the virus isn't like anything she's seen before. She noted that medical professionals aren't sure if it's "multiple viruses in combination or just the circovirus."
Ruland is also concerned that this deadly virus might be spreading from humans to the dogs. She pointed out that several owners of sick dogs have shown flu-like symptoms. Ruland told ABC5 that humans don't normally pass viruses to pets, but added that: "this year, I think that there is potential that we are passing it to our pets."
Reports indicated that there have been 36 suspected case of this virus in Michigan alone, and of those six dogs have died from the disease.
In addition to the six dogs that have lost their lives in Michigan, four others have died in Ohio from what officials say may be the same virus.
This virus is known to quickly kill dogs that have become infected. Doctors warn a dog could die as early as 12 to 24 hours after the first sign of sickness. Owners should be on the look out for the following symptoms: vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and/or lethargy. If your dog shows any signs of this illness you should see medical treatment right away.
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