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Vet Says Spreading Dog Virus May Not Be Cause For Panic

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Researchers at Michigan State University say two cases of a newly identified dog virus have shown up in Michigan.

The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health says it found canine circovirus in samples from two dogs submitted by veterinary clinics. But acting director Thomas Mullaney says both animals were infected with other organisms, so it's uncertain whether the virus caused their sicknesses.

Veterinarians at a clinic in Ann Arbor say they've treated a number of dogs that died after exhibiting symptoms of the virus, including vomiting and diarrhea.

But the university center says the reports are no cause for panic. It says veterinarians should look for circovirus in animals only after ruling out more common causes of the same symptoms.

"All of the indications right now are that there are a certain percentage of dogs out there that carry the virus without showing any clinical signs," said Dr. Thomas Mullaney, with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mullaney says just because researchers have identified the presence of a new virus in dogs does not mean a deadly virus is sweeping through the dog population. He says they've gotten a lot of calls from worried pet owners and reminds them that dogs can get sick for many reasons. It may or may not be related to circovirus.

He adds there is no evidence that humans can catch circovirus from dogs or dogs can catch it from humans.

Canine circovirus was first reported in 2012.

If your dog is acting sick with any type of symptoms, Dr. Mullaney says take them to a veterinarian right away.

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