9.15.2013

New Virus for Dogs?

Hello Everybuddy:

This morning we received this letter from Monica Segal, a canine nutritionist from Canada that we thought you all should know about.

Newsworthy: Theory Points To New Virus
Some people have heard about it and others haven't. If you're in the latter category - heads up. So far, it's been happening in California and Ohio, but although symptoms are the same, nobody is sure if these dogs have/had the same disease, or what the cause might be.
"Symptoms include bloody diarrhea and vomiting, extreme lethargy, neurological problems, a lack of appetite and other maladies.There are countless causes of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, even bloody diarrhea,” But the illness seen in the past few weeks is markedly different, "What made these cases unique is what the pathologist terms 'acute necrotizing vasculitis.' This is when the blood vessels become suddenly damaged and fluid begins leaking out of the vessels. Because of this, the cases I know of did not just have vomiting and bloody diarrhea, they also developed fluid around their lungs and in the abdomen.”
Is this a new disease, a mutation of another virus, perhaps a virus we already know about...? No answers just yet. Everyone is waiting for pathology reports.
Based on my experience with dog owners and dogs with all kinds of problems, I think it's fair to say that most people don't rush to the vet at the very first glimmer of a problem. A dog that vomits now and then isn't likely to make us panic. But!- bloody diarrhea, extreme lethargy, or neurological problems should cause us to react quickly at any time, especially in light of this possible virus being the cause, and perhaps even more so if you happen to live in the areas that have been reporting the problem. 
Read a news report here.
Monica



If you have a concern about this, please contact your vet for further information.

Just passing it on,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

22 comments:

  1. We heard about this and it's very scary. Mommy always rushes us to the vet if we so much as crack a toenail, so we know she'll try and take good care of all of us.

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  2. Stay safe Stella!
    Greetings from Geneva,
    Pia

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  3. We agree stay safe. Have a serene Sunday and get some of that big easy in today.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Being in OHIO where 4 Deaths have occurred... We are watching this like hawks... Yesterday our mom wouldn't even let US go with her to the Agility Trial that our furend Sagira was in. SHE went... and then she WASHED and WASHED and WASHED her hands BEFORE she even came HOME.

    All of the deaths in Ohio happened within FOUR DAYS of when the poor dogs got sick... So mom is watchin US like hawks too... Both Ends of us.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING THIS OUT fur all of our furends.
    This is NOT somethingy that can be avoided by having had all of our vaccinations... it is NEW and there IS NO vaccination for it. They aren't even sure how it is spread.
    the Cases in OHIO took place in NORTH WESTERN South Western and North Eastern parts of the state... MANY MANY miles from each other.
    THANK YOU AGAIN for getting the word spread.. YOU are a good furend.

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    1. Thanks very much to you, Frankie, Ernie and Mom, for letting us know this is as real as can be and we should all watch our dogs (at both ends)!

      Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  5. YES... it IS real. We don't want to cause Panic in any way...butt we all need to be very watchful... until the Vets can find answers. KNOWLEDGE is POWER. THANK you again for getting the word out.

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  6. Oooh, Ma hadn't heard abouts this and we are in California!!
    Thanks for the heads up! Ma says she's gonna keep and even closer eye on me...geez, what's she gonna do? Velcro herself to me???!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  7. NOW i read this...after having spent the day at the beqach socializing (like a perfect gentleman, I might add!) Well, mom can't keep from watching me cuz I'm so adorable. Thanks for the news, Auntie Stella and godmom Jo!

    Love,

    -Otto

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  8. It's great that you are spreading the word. Very scary but good to be informed.

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  9. That is awful. Good of you to spread the word.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  10. Thanks Stella. This is pretty scary. We'll all stay close to home where we can be safe.
    The Portie Pack

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  11. Thanks for sharing this serious news. We have had cases in NM as well. There is still much debate about the nature of the virus but the point is that whatever it is is killing pups. Here we are encouraging total yard hygiene and the avoidance of dog parks. Please all be careful, all ages of pet is being affected.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this serious news. We have had cases in NM as well. There is still much debate about the nature of the virus but the point is that whatever it is is killing pups. Here we are encouraging total yard hygiene and the avoidance of dog parks. Please all be careful, all ages of pet is being affected.

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  13. Thanks for helping me keep up. We will be getting a dog this spring....

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  14. It's always good to be alerted, even here over the big pond. Take care our four pawed friends. x Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

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  15. hello jo and stella and zkhat its dennis the vizsla dog hay wot??? kalifornya??? that is ware i liv!!! i am going to go reed this nooz artikul and then i am going to go tayk a bath in purel!!! ok bye

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  16. Thanks. This sounds kinda scary. We'll be extra careful at the first sign of illness.

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  17. Thank you so much for your kind message. We miss Bailey so much but are now looking back over the blog and it brings us smiles as well as tears. So many special times and special friends.
    Martha is lost without Bailey at the moment but hopefully she will learn to be brave on her own. Bailey was the boss.
    Sorry about the email. I do occasionally check the marthabasset@googlemail.com but dont get many messages there.
    Hope you guys are doing well xxxx

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  18. Sank you so much fow this infowmashun..i just hope none of gets this awful viwus and that they find a way to stop it
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  20. This sounds absolutely awful!

    Thanks so much for your good thoughts and prayers for my health. I'll keep you posted.

    Your pal, Pip

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