Parvovirus Cases in Northern Michigan

The MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Agency) worked with Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Labs to have additional testing done on the illness that is impacting dogs in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula and the results came back with Canine Parvovirus. The dogs that were affected did not have a history of complete vaccinations.

What is Parvo?

Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2) is a highly contagious virus
that attacks white blood cells and the gastrointestinal tract
of puppies and dogs. Canine parvovirus can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk.

Signs of CPV-2:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody Diarrhea
  • Fever or Low Body Temperature

If your puppy or dog shows any of these signs, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you would like more information regarding the Canine Parvovirus please click on the link below:

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How can we keep our dogs safe?

  • Have your dogs/puppies fully vaccinated before interacting with other animals
  • Keep up with routine vaccinations (especially for those living in or traveling with pets to the northern Lower Peninsula).

We recommend the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis