REYNOLDSBURG – The Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has been taking reports of severe dog illnesses
in several parts
of the state for the
past three weeks.
Affected dogs have exhibited similar symptoms including vomiting, bloody
loss and lethargy. Although there are
several known causes of these symptoms in dogs, it is
generally believed that there is an
unknown contributor to the cases.
Dog owners with similar symptoms are being advised to immediately contact
veterinarian. The department has also recommended concerned dog owners take
standard precautions used to reduce the spread of viral infections, including
monitoring the animal closely for signs of illness and refraining from
comingling them with other dogs.
Canine circovirus is newly isolated and
there is very little information available about the virus, where it came from and how it spreads. The limited research available shows that canine circovirus can cause vasculitis and hemorrhaging in infected dogs.
confirmation is important because the virus is newly isolated, however we are not prepared at this time to confirm that canine circovirus is the cause of the dog illnesses,”said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “ Because the symptoms being exhibited can also be linked to other known illnesses, additional analysis and information is needed to determine if this virus alone or in coinfection contributes to illness and death in dogs.”
The ODA is working with animal health experts to determine the cause and origin of a series of dog illnesses
in the state. The
department is also urging veterinarians in the state to contact
the Division of Animal Health if they suspect any animals in their care are
suffering from the same disease.
“While we continue to work diligently to identify what is making these dogs sick, we are asking
to help by contacting our laboratory for consultation if they suspect they are
treating a related case,” said State
Veterinarian Dr. Tony
Veterinarians can also help by sharing information on what pet owners
should look for
and how they can protect their dogs.
“The most important thing dog owners can do is call
veterinarian if they have concerns about the health of their pets. Your
veterinarian is the best person to help determine if your animal is ill and
what steps should be taken
to help them recover,” said Dr. Forshey.
ODA will continue to
investigate the situation and urge veterinarians who believe they
are treating dogs with similar symptoms to consult the laboratory by calling
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