The Ohio Department of Agriculture has been working with health officials to identify exactly what is causing the sickness, which is making dogs present with symptoms of vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy.
A fecal sample from one of the sick dogs revealed the presence of canine circovirus; a virus common in pigs, but not previously seen in dogs.
Of the dogs who have fallen ill with this mysterious sickness, half have died; the dogs impacted thus far are between three and four years of age.
Dr. Melanie Butera, a veterinarian at Elm Ridge Animal Hospital, has treated the dogs who became ill in the Akron-area.
Butera spoke about the alarming symptoms:
The dogs were so profoundly sick, over such a short period of time,”
It was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen, and I did emergency work for 20 years, so I’ve seen a lot of stuff.”
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is urging dog owners who are concerned for their pets, to contact their veterinarian immediately.
State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey urges veterinarians in the area to reach out for help if they are treating a dog impacted with this mysterious illness:
While we continue to work diligently to identify what is making these dogs sick, we are asking Ohio’s veterinarians to help by contacting our laboratory for consultation if they suspect they are treating a related case,”
Click here for Dept. of Agriculture Press Release on this illness.
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