Pet Health: Rare dog virus found in 2 states…Ohio, Calif.by Karyn Zoldan on Sep. 09, 2013, under Animal News, Pet Health & Safety
So far four dogs have died and more sickened in Cincinnati, Akron-Canton (Ohio) and California (UC Davis) from a rare and fatal virus if not treated immediately upon onset of symptoms.
The non-definitive theory is the circovirus which means a family of viruses that has not been known to cause disease in dogs prior to this year. This virus has been seen in pigs.
Four dogs in Ohio died and a dozen more were sickened last month with the illness. Symptoms included bloody diarrhea and vomiting, extreme lethargy, neurological problems, a lack of appetite, and other maladies.
What made these cases unique is acute necrotizing vasculitis, when the blood vessels become suddenly damaged and fluid begins leaking out of the vessels.
It will be several weeks before scientists can determine if the dogs all died from the same illness and what the cause is.