A mysterious dog illness has been found in Ohio.
It was first reported a few weeks ago in a doggie daycare facility where several dogs became ill and unfortunately some died. It was reported that the dogs had a sudden onset of vomiting, bloody diarrhea, depression and extreme lethargy. The symptoms of the dogs were similar to that of HGE (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis), but HGE is not something that is contagious, it happens because of something underlying like bacteria or parasites.
The facility was shut down and a investigation into the illnesses began but no clear cause has been indicated since. At first it was suspected that the illness was food related but tests, not surprisingly, proved that theory wrong.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has even put out statement urging dog owners in Ohio to keep a close eye on their dogs.
As tests continue more confirmed cases of dogs becoming mysteriously ill have been reported in Akron, Ohio, and more dogs have died.
Cincinnati to Akron. That’s a pretty good jump.
I mean Cincinnati is several hundred miles from me but Akron is less than 30 miles from where I live.
That’s kind of close and kind of scary, especially when the cause is not known and I don’t know what to do to protect my dogs from this.
What I want to know is how did it jump from Cincinnati to Akron? and no reported cases in between there yet?
Is it a virus? Is it a tick borne disease? How is it transmitted? What dog’s are at risk?
Some experts are speculating that the illness may be caused by the “circovirus” which is said to have similar symptoms to what is being seen in dogs here in Ohio, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. This is a virus that is not normally seen in dogs.
Other diseases that have been ruled out already are distemper, parvo, campylobacter,coronaovirus, clostridium, giardia, E.Coli, salmonella,and several others.
I read that one of the dogs that became ill wasn’t anywhere but in it’s own backyard and had not had any previous exposure to other dogs. One day it was fine and the next day it was fighting for its life.
So I’ve been keeping a close eye on Sherman and Leroy and on the progression of the investigation.
I would say I’m mild to moderately concerned at this point, so we’re take some precautions.
I was going to take Leroy on some hiking adventures this week but I’ve decided to hold off on that until I get more information on what is going on with this illness. No point in exposing him to something if I don’t have too.
Sherman has an appointment with an orthopedic specialist next week in Akron, Ohio.
I’m not canceling it. It took me forever to get this appointment set up and I’ll wrap Sherman in an airtight suit if I have too, leaving only his right knee exposed.
So, except for Sherman’s appointment, we’ll lay low and see what this illness is all about. It seems like the experts are all over this and hopefully we’ll have an answer soon.
**An article that was published after I posted this now states that the “circovirus” may be the cause of the illnesses that have been seen. More information should be available on Monday and I will update this post when more solid information is known, but for now it appears that this illness is linked to a virus.
**9/16/13 update.The AVMA has just released an article that may address any questions regarding the circovirus. You can check it out here. As of right now the exact cause of the dog illnesses in Ohio has not been confirmed.
**9/25/13 Still no word yet on a definite cause.
**10/11/13 Researchers have determined the circovirus is NOT the main cause of these illnesses. Read all about here.