No confirmed local cases of deadly dog disease

No confirmed local cases of deadly dog disease

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Veterinary offices want to make known that no cases of Canine Circovirus, the deadly dog disease speculated to have killed four local dogs, have been confirmed  in Michigan.

The disease was first discovered in California in 2012 and then made its way to Ohio. Recent reports have suggested the disease struck a number of dogs in the Detroit area.

"So far the dogs that have been affected by this illness, there are no current tests that are available whether they do or do not carry circovirus.  

That means the four dogs in our area that recently died from Circovirus-like symptoms are unconfirmed cases.

So what are the symptoms?

- Intestinal inflammation
- Infected pancreas
- Enlarged lymphnodes
- Lethargy
- Flu-like coughing and sneezing
- Bloody vomit
- Diarrhea

Liz Blondy owns 'Canine to 5,' a dog-grooming salon and daycare in downtown Detroit. She tells Fox 2's Maurielle Lue she received more than half a dozen calls - just in the morning - from concerned clients.

She says, "As soon as I got to work I reached out to the Michigan Veterinary Association, and they said to me verbatim: 'There have been no confirmed cases of Canine Circovirus in Michigan at this point."

It will be weeks before the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association can confirm or deny those four local cases. In the meantime, doctors encourage pet owners not to panic, to keep a close eye on your pets and take your dog to the vet at the first sign of illness. Canine Circovirus appears to spread from dog to dog so be careful around other pets.

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