This information first came to my attention through Wags Dog Training and Boarding in Hartville on Facebook.
There is a very serious life-threatening dog virus in Ohio that has dog owners worried sick. Please read and spread the word!
“These dogs are sicker than sick; they’re not just a little bit sick,” said Dr. Butera from the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital on Portage NW. “They are just profoundly weak. I mean, they come in not even lifting their heads up off the floor or the table.
“It’s so fast. These patients go from well to – unfortunately – some of them passed away within 48 hours time.
“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.”
Symptoms associated with a new virus are similar to those exhibited in dogs that died in Cincinnati and others sickened in the Akron-Canton area over the past several weeks.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture said it has received calls from veterinarians and anxious dog owners throughout the state who are concerned their animals might have contracted the same illness, which can kill in as little as 48 hours from the onset of symptoms, said Erica Pitchford Hawkins, communications director for the department. Akron Beacon, 9/5 update
The important thing is that dog owners need to get their dog to the vet ASAP at the first sign of vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Most of the dogs are surviving if treated early. There is, of course, no vaccine available. If you do not have a vet, contact Dr. Drach at the Rootstown Veterinary Hospital and she will be happy to help: 330-850-1600. (Find more about RVH HERE.)
Please share this information to your own Facebook feed so we can reach as many dog owners as possible.
And now, on a positive note!
Just a word about our reunion – ALL are welcome – adopters or not! This annual event began as an opportunity to see our former rescues and their families and that remains a huge focus of the day. However, non-adopters are more than welcome to attend and even bring their canine-friendly, kid-friendly dogs! It is also a big fundraiser for the rescue – we will have a reverse raffle, tons of baskets to bid on (and win!), dog-related wares for sale, and other fun activities, so if you’ve a mind to – please join us!