You might have read recently about a “new” virus in the Ohio area causing deaths among dogs. At this time, there is no evidence that the “circovirus” is actually the cause of disease in these dogs, but we do not really understand the virus well.
Circovirus is known to cause a syndrome called vasculitis in pigs. Some of the dogs that got sick in Ohio tested positive for canine circovirus and some had vasculitis. Not all dogs who showed similar signs had vasculitis or even tested positive for circovirus. No one really knows if circovirus is causing disease in dogs at this time. Veterinary Infectious Disease experts at Ohio State, UC Davis and other universities are working hard to determine whether or not this virus should be a concern for us.
At this time there is no vaccine for circovirus and no suggestions on how to prevent exposure. At Animal Care Clinic, we are recommending no changes in your lifestyle with your pets. If you notice any unusual signs in any of your pets, do not hesitate to seek veterinary care immediately. The animals in Ohio had disease that progressed to death quite rapidly. Main concerns would include diarrhea, respiratory signs, bleeding, bruising or unusual skin lesions.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call us. We are here to help.