A parvovirus-like virus is killing dogs in Michigan. The disease is extremely contagious and deadly. It is a gastrointestinal disease.
Melissa Fitzgerald issued a statement on 9th August in this regard. He is the director of a dog shelter home. According to him, the age of all the dogs that died was less than two years. They died within three days when the symptoms of the disease appeared to them.
The symptoms of the disease include:
- Diarrhea with blood
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling lethargy
- Lack of appetite
Even though the disease seems to be like Parvovirus but when the affected dogs were sent for testing, some of them were found to be negative for the virus. So, it seems that this virus is some new strain of Parvovirus in dogs in Michigan. Parvovirus itself is a stubborn virus. It has the ability to survive at different temperatures and on various kinds of things.
Parvovirus spreads through dog-to-dog contact, contacting contaminated feces, and contaminated environments. But the virus is non-contagious to human beings and other species of animals.
The virus is affecting those dogs which are quite young at age and are not properly vaccinated.
There is no medicine to kill the Parvovirus. It can only be cured by improving the immune system of the dog. The electrolyte, protein, and fluid losses must be compensated in the dog’s body so that he can fight the virus and can be cured. The rate of survival is 90%, and that is only with proper treatment, and treatment must start immediately after the symptoms appear.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has started the investigation into the mysterious deaths of the dogs. It has also issued an advisory for the dog owners to get their dogs vaccinated as early as possible and see a vet immediately the moment they notice any above-mentioned symptoms in their dogs. The unvaccinated dogs and puppies less than four months old face the most serious danger.
Cleanliness at dog shelters and daycare centers will also play an important role in stopping the spread of the virus.
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