No Official Word on “Michigan Virus”


An emergency medical clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan spoke with reporters about incidents of an unknown virus they’ve seen in their clinic. Unfortunately, they linked it to to the “circovirus in Ohio,” even though it has different symptoms, no tissue samples have been taken from the Michigan dogs, the Michigan Veterinary Association has not made an official statement and there is no word from that state’s Department of Agriculture or state veterinarian. Oh, and it hasn’t been confirmed that circovirus even played a role in the death of dogs here in Ohio.

The symptoms in Michigan include extreme lethargy, vomiting and bloody diarrhea and a very short period of illness followed by death, 12-24 hours. In some instances the affected dogs’ owners had also been ill. ¬†Even more alarming, the clinic also said that some dogs were asymptomatic, but necropsy turned up similar findings.

The thing is, this is just coming out of one vet clinic– and the statements have been made by a very young veterinarian, Dr. Lindsay Ruland (a 2009 graduate) and these remarks were picked up by the media– with everyone jumping to conclusions. We don’t know what these people saw in their clinic. They don’t know what they saw in their clinic, other than it involved an uptick in cases involving a parvo-like virus.

The advice remains the same. If your dog is ill, take the dog to the vet. There are no cures yet for affected dogs, but those that get early intervention make good recoveries.

In the meantime, just stay calm and wait ’till we know something more about this from a more reliable source.

Still Waiting for News



The problem with television mysteries is that everything gets solved in an hour, and even leaves time for commercials. Even though we know real life doesn’t work that way, we still harbor expectations. But laboratory tests take time, some cultures grow very slowly, “weird” results might precipitate a whole new round of re-tests. We know they’re not twiddling their thumbs at the Department of Agriculture (nor at U.C. Davis) but¬†there is still no news from the Department of Agriculture on findings regarding the “Ohio Virus.”

I called today and was told that they are still awaiting results. The minute we hear something, we will post it, I promise. In the meantime, please be alert for your dog suffering from a set of symptoms that may include vomiting, bloody diarrhea and possibly foaming at the mouth. If you see this, get to a veterinarian right away. (Remember that they believe the means of transmission is fecal.) If your veterinarian needs more information or thinks your case may be related, the telephone number for the State Veterinarian, Tony Forshey, at the Ohio Department of Agriculture is (614) 728-6220.