UPDATE: Ohio Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mysterious Fatal Dog Illness


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Last month, we posted about a mysterious illness that may have killed three dogs in southwestern Ohio. At the time, the suspected culprit was Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), but now veterinarians and state inspectors aren’t so sure.

While the illness remains a mystery state officials said they are working to identify the problem. But according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, a sample from one sick dog tested positive for canine circovirus. ODA said it is the first laboratory detection of that virus in Ohio.

Jefferson said circovirus has been known to be present in pigs but not dogs.

“That’s important because it’s a unique virus. It hasn’t really been identified in veterinary patients before, at least not dogs. So they’re really working to understand whether this virus is in fact a contributor or a sole cause of this illness,” Jefferson said.

The list of symptoms dog owners should watch out for includes vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy.

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