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    Dog issue in northern Michigan

    Posted by Paul Tutro on 8/22/2022, 1:13 pm

      Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan

      Posted by JP Jones on 8/27/2022, 11:20 am, in reply to "Dog issue in northern Michigan"
      John Paul Jones

      Recent article on parvo outbreak in MI…

      Michigan State University veterinarians searching for cause of parvovirus outbreak
      By Claudia Sella
      Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 5:26 PM EDT|Updated: 18 hours ago
      EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Veterinarians at Michigan State University are working to find out what caused an outbreak of the parvovirus in Northern Michigan.

      The new strain of parvovirus is causing dozens of dogs to get sick. It’s not clear how many dogs have died from this new strain, because veterinarians are not required to report parvo cases to the state.

      What we do know is at least 30 dogs have died in the last two months in Otsego County.

      Vets are still trying to find out why an illness with a highly successful vaccine is spreading so fast. Until (and likely after) the cause of the spread is found, they say vaccines are still the best way to protect your dog.

      Lydia Sattler, from the Jackson County Animal Shelter, said she’s seen parvovirus before.

      “I think first of all people need to know not to panic, that parvo’s been around for a very long time,” Sattler said.

      While the new strain is alarming, Sattler’s not panicking. Neither are the experts, like Kim Dodd from the MSU Veterinary Laboratory.

      Dodd said, “Clinically, diagnostically, we haven’t seen anything unique about this particular strain of parvo.”

      The only thing different about this strain is that, when the dogs were initially showing parvovirus-like symptoms, they were testing negative. But labs at Michigan State University confirmed they did have the disease.

      Dodd said, “We’re doing a deep dive into this from a diagnostic perspective to try to understand if there’s something about this strain of the virus that could explain why we’re seeing a difference in testing.”

      Veterinarians said pet owners don’t need to change their dog’s routine but they should pay attention to signs of parvo like vomiting, bloody stool, fever, turning their noses to food and water. If dogs show any of these signs, they should get tested. Veterinarians also said it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check with your own vet to make sure your dog is up to date.

      Sattler said, “In any case, you want to make sure that your dog has the full series of vaccinations and that they’re fully protected from any kind of disease before you let them interact with any kind of other animals.”

      If dogs are unvaccinated, they should either get vaccinated or stay away from other dogs. But pet owners with vaccinated dogs don’t have much to worry about.

      Dodd said, “My full vaccinated dogs are both at daycare today which will make for a much nicer weekend for all of us.”

      The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be giving out free parvovirus vaccinations while supplies last.

      If you want to make sure your vaccinations are up to date, they also give out other vaccinations on Thursdays. No appointment is needed.

      According to veterinary experts, parvovirus is not transmittable to people or other animals

        Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan

        Posted by Ted on 8/23/2022, 2:10 pm, in reply to "Dog issue in northern Michigan"

        The Michigan State Veterinary hospital has tested this using a more sophisticated test and found it to be Parvo. So if your dogs are up to date on vaccinations they should be safe. Go green!

          Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan

          Posted by Jim Harris on 8/24/2022, 12:30 am, in reply to "Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan"

          I’m not sure that is the case. I’ve read that several dogs have been affected that have been up to date on their vaccinations.

          Here’s an update from Monday.

            Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan

            Posted by Solon on 8/24/2022, 5:46 am, in reply to "Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan"

            Back in the day, I did research on parvoviruses, including canine parvovirus. This could be a new strain that has escaped the immunity to the current parvovirus vaccine strain. We will have to wait for further studies to learn what is happening here.

            Solon Rhode

              Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan

              Posted by Solon on 8/25/2022, 12:25 pm, in reply to "Re: Dog issue in northern Michigan"

              The most recent reports are that this virus is indeed a new strain of canine parvovirus. How much cross immunity there is with the current CPV vaccine has yet to be determined.

              Solon Rhode


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