Dozens of dogs killed by mysterious parvo-like disease in Michigan

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Dozens of dogs were reportedly sickened and killed in Michigan Diseases such as parvovirus, Local animal shelters reported.

An explosion was reported in Northern and Central Michigan. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that primarily affects older dogs and dogs under 2 years of age.

The disease is spread through feces. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite and diarrhea.

Otsego County Animal Control and Shelter Director Melissa FitzGerald told FOX 17 Michigan that more than 30 dogs have died from an unknown illness similar to parvovirus.

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The Otsego County Animal Shelter cautioned dog owners to properly vaccinate their animals.
(Otsego County Animal Shelter via Facebook)

Strangely, all the dead dogs tested negative for parvovirus, despite showing signs of the disease.

Both the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are conducting tests to understand the outbreak.

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“What exactly is it, a strain of Parvo? Is it something else? Is it a combination? There are a lot of unanswered questions that they’re looking for at this point,” Fitzgerald said.

This disease primarily affects older dogs and dogs under 2 years of age.

This disease primarily affects older dogs and dogs under 2 years of age.
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Meanwhile, Michigan dog owners are encouraged Get their dogs properly vaccinated.

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“Make sure they’re up-to-date on all their vaccinations, make sure they’ve been vaccinated when they’re puppies or when they’re three years old,” Fitzgerald recommends. “Keep your dogs close. Don’t let them sniff — no common water dishes, nothing like that.”

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