(ORDO NEWS) — A mysterious disease that has sickened and killed dozens of dogs across Michigan has been identified by state officials as canine parvovirus.
The statement from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development comes after an animal shelter in Otsego County said at least 30 animals have fallen victim to the disease despite testing negative for it.
Canine parvovirus is spread through feces and causes symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
“Canine parvovirus is a severe and highly contagious disease in dogs, but the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and veterinarians have extensive experience with this virus,” state veterinarian Nora Wineland said in a statement.
“We have a highly effective vaccine that helps protect dogs from the virus. Dogs that are not fully vaccinated against this virus are at the greatest risk,” she continued.
“Dog owners across Michigan must work closely with their veterinarians to ensure their dogs are properly vaccinated and receive timely boosters to keep their pets safe and healthy.”
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