We love our dogs, and we’ll do anything to protect them. It can be terrifying to think that our dogs’ health could be put in jeopardy by something we can’t even see, but it happens all the time. Parvo, distemper, and many other life-threatening diseases are caused by microorganisms that are invisible to the naked eye.
When a new microorganism is recognized, we worry that it will be dangerous for our beloved canine companions. It’s hard to fight the initial panic, especially when you hear rumors that this newly discovered thing has caused illness or even death in other dogs. These rumors tend to spread like wildfire, regardless of whether or not they have any truth to them.
Recently, there have been many media reports, Facebook posts and tweets about a newly discovered circovirus in dogs. Some dogs in several areas of Ohio developed vomiting and diarrhea, and some died. When circovirus was found in the stool of one of the dogs, circovirus was suddenly implicated as the cause of the illnesses and deaths. But the truth is that this new circovirus has NOT been confirmed as the source of the illnesses and deaths.The cause remains unknown, but the investigation is ongoing.
There’s still a lot to be learned about this circovirus, and we’ll update our resources as we receive and validate information. In the meantime, though, nothing beats good ‘ol common sense when it comes to prevention. If your dog is sick, consult your veterinarian and don’t let your dog mix with other dogs. Use caution and reduce your dog’s risk by reducing his/her exposure to unfamiliar dogs or dogs that seem even mildly ill.