Michigan Sees Sudden Surge of Parvo-Like Disease in Dogs

Michigan Sees Sudden Surge of Parvo-Like Disease in Dogs

Dogs Die In Droves As Mystery Disease Runs RAMPANT

(RepublicanNews.org) – A recent surge of canine deaths in Michigan has owners concerned. Many are familiar with the highly infectious parvovirus (parvo). The disease has a high fatality rate and spreads through fecal matter. It can infect all dogs, especially puppies four months or younger and the unvaccinated. Despite causing the same symptoms, recent infections have resulted in negative tests for the illness. Is this a new strain, or are dogs succumbing to something else altogether?

A mystery virus sweeping across Northern Michigan has so far claimed the lives of at least 30 canines. Fox17 spoke with Otsego County Animal Control and Shelter director, Melissa FitzGerald, who explained that the deceased dogs experienced parvo-like symptoms including bloody diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, hypothermia, loss of appetite, bloating, and abdominal pain.

FitzGerald mentioned many aren’t showing positive for parvo with point-of-care testing. Still, the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which is conducting further tests, discovered some canines did indeed test positive for the deadly illness.

The agencies are keeping the public updated. They urge dog owners to clean up after their pets, restrict interactions with unvaccinated animals, and keep dogs showing symptoms at home. Officials also remind people to make sure their furry companions are up to date on shots and contact their veterinarian regarding any possible signs of illness. As of now, these steps are the best way to protect dogs from both parvo and the mystery virus.

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