Hi everyone, we wanted to make everyone aware of a parvo
like virus that is spreading quickly throughout the state. It seems to have
originated in northern and central Michigan, and while not currently detected
in southeast Michigan we urge all pet parents to keep an eye on their canine
companions. (There is some talk about possible cases being seen in our area,
but these are currently unconfirmed). Initial samples were negative for
parvovirus, but now early necropsy results are showing that this is likely a
parvovirus subtype that gives false negative results on in-house tests. They
will hopefully know more information next week and we will keep you updated as
much as possible as new information comes out.
In the meantime, make sure your dogs are up to date on
vaccinations especially parvovirus and puppies need their puppy shots that
include parvovirus every 3-4 weeks until they are 16-18 weeks old.
We recommend avoiding taking your dog to areas that are
commonly visited by other dogs such as dog parks, beaches, doggy
daycare/boarding kennels, dog shows, outdoor festivals, campgrounds etc.
Viruses are spread thru direct dog to dog contact, oral
contact with infected dog feces or sharing toys and bowls mostly.
Contact your vet immediately if your dog starts having bloody diarrhea, extreme lethargy and/or vomiting. Most cases of parvovirus pets are extremely sick and need to be hospitalized. Symptomatic therapy and treating any dehydration or sepsis right away is very important.