State and federal businesses are investigating the mystery virus that has claimed the lives of a minimum of 30 dogs in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan State University’s veterinary laboratory, US Department of Agriculture and different companions are working to find out the reason for the sickness that has been affecting canines in the state for the previous two months, MDARD said Monday.
The unidentified virus causes acute gastrointestinal issues and typically kills younger dogs inside three to 5 days. Symptoms embody bloody diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy.
Symptoms of the illness are much like parvovirus, which causes related signs and is unfold by way of dog-to-dog contact and contaminated feces. Puppies and older dogs are extra susceptible to the virus, and most of those killed have been beneath the age of two.
Melissa FitzGerald, the animal management director for Otsego County the place the virus was first reported, told the Detroit Free Press that the dogs who died examined detrimental for parvo.
“It’s scary,” FitzGerald mentioned. “There are many things that it could be.”
FitzGerald mentioned it doesn’t seem that the contaminated dogs have had contact with one another.
A state veterinarian mentioned some samples did take a look at optimistic for parvo, nonetheless.
“We are still in the early stages of this investigation, but some of the first samples submitted to the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory were positive for canine parvovirus. However, there are more results pending and more to be learned,” State Veterinarian Nora Wineland, DVM mentioned in an announcement.
Northern Michigan canine proprietor Adrianna Potrafkey told WXMI-TV that 4 of her dogs wakened with bloody diarrhea and upset stomachs in early July. She didn’t work for 2 weeks out of concern of leaving the dogs alone after her veterinarian admitted she was mystified by what was the reason for the illness.
“It impacted me a lot. I couldn’t leave them in case something happened,” Potrafkey mentioned.
Her dogs, which have been all vaccinated towards parvo as puppies, later recovered.