Tyler veterinarian shares symptoms, details of new fatal canine - Toledo News Now, News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Tyler veterinarian shares symptoms, details of new fatal canine virus

Veterinarians ask pet owners to watch pets closely Veterinarians ask pet owners to watch pets closely
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

There is a new virus that is spreading to dogs across the country. If not treated, health officials said it could kill an infected dog in just days. It is called Circovirus, and while there are no reports of any cases in East Texas, officials said it could be headed this way. 

Sharon Phillips is a veterinarian for the Tyler Veterinary Center. She said since the circovirus is new, there is not a whole lot of information on it just yet.

"They first found that virus in pigs, which causes the same clinical symptoms as a dog, which is why I think they first started testing for it. They don't know any of the transmission, or how this virus came to possibly mutate into animals," Phillips said.

She said experts are still unsure if it can be transmitted from dog to dog or from pig to dog. They do however, know of noticeable symptoms to watch out for.

"The first signs are severe lethargy and appetence, not wanting to eat, and then they start with the blood and the vomit or in the diarrhea," Phillips explained. 

The bad news?

"There is no vaccine for the circovirus that's been found in dogs," said. Dr. Blake Bextine, Associate Professor of Biology at University of Texas at Tyler. 

"Research that has been done on this virus has indicated that it may not be the primary cause of mortality in pets," he explained. 

These health experts said you can have your dog tested for the circovirus, but since there is no vaccine, they have to treat symptomatically, and the sooner you get your dog treated, the better. 

"We don't know exactly how devastating this virus is from a mortality perspective, so making sure that your pet is healthy would be the best thing that you can do," Dr. Bextine said. 

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved. 

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Sylvania police find missing adult

    Sylvania police find missing adult

    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:09 PM EST2017-11-23 18:09:52 GMT

    Sylvania police are searching for a man who has been missing since Wednesday. Police say 82-year-old Charles Fackelman was last seen at the VFW Post 2898 on west Alexis Road in Toledo around 8 p.m. Fackelman is described as a white male standing at five feet five inches and weighing 158 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Police say he was seen leaving the VFW in a black and white cab. Police say Fackelman suffers from dementia.  Anyone with information should call 911.&nbs...

    More >>

    Sylvania police are searching for a man who has been missing since Wednesday. Police say 82-year-old Charles Fackelman was last seen at the VFW Post 2898 on west Alexis Road in Toledo around 8 p.m. Fackelman is described as a white male standing at five feet five inches and weighing 158 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Police say he was seen leaving the VFW in a black and white cab. Police say Fackelman suffers from dementia.  Anyone with information should call 911.&nbs...

    More >>
  • Toledo's third-annual Turkey Chase draws record-breaking crowd

    Toledo's third-annual Turkey Chase draws record-breaking crowd

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:22 PM EST2017-11-23 17:22:05 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    A record-breaking 3,095 people joined in the race for a good cause. 

    More >>

    A record-breaking 3,095 people joined in the race for a good cause. 

    More >>
  • Cherry Street's mission is to serve the needy on Thanksgiving

    Cherry Street's mission is to serve the needy on Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:41 AM EST2017-11-23 16:41:08 GMT
    (Source: Cherry Street Mission Ministries)(Source: Cherry Street Mission Ministries)

    The mission is teaming with the Real Seafood Company and its owner Mike Gibbons for the eighth year in a row to not only hand out meals in house, but also deliver them to a thousand homes in the area. 

    More >>

    The mission is teaming with the Real Seafood Company and its owner Mike Gibbons for the eighth year in a row to not only hand out meals in house, but also deliver them to a thousand homes in the area. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly