Parvovirus-like illness infecting dogs in Michigan

posted: by: Troy Vet Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

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.