A new virus is striking dogs in the middle of the country, and if not treated, it has the potential to kill an infected animal in just days. There’s no vaccine. In other animals, it’s been highly infectious, and scientists still can’t say with certainty how it’s transmitted. What is certain is this disease could be deadly, especially in kennel settings. Even though cases have been limited to just three states so far – California, Michigan, and Ohio – some Richmond Vets fear it’s just a matter of time until it makes its way here.
There is a new virus called canine circovirus which is infecting dogs, and spreading quickly throughout the United States. This new virus has been found to be more genetically related to the only known mammalian circovirus called porcine circovirus, which was first discovered in 1974.