Two cases of circovirus confirmed in dogs in Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine has now confirmed two cases of canine circovirus in Michigan.

7 Action News first reported suspected cases of the virus on Wednesday.

Dr. Lindsay Ruland from the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor said she was worried because six dogs showing symptoms of the virus have died in the past month. The deaths typically occurred within 12 to 24 hours after the onset of symptoms. She says hundreds of other dogs have also gotten sick.

Their symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and sneezing.

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Experts at MSU point out that circovirus may not be the sole cause of the recent illnesses. In both of the confirmed cases, dogs had other viruses and bacteria in their systems in addition to the circovirus, meaning it could be a combination of health issues that lead to the sickness.

They're also encouraging vets to rule out other common causes of illnesses before considering circovirus as the cause.

Experts are now working on more effective ways to diagnose circovirus.

They caution pet owners not to panic, but if your dog is showing symptoms, take it to the vet as soon as possible.

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