Parvo-Like Illness

There have been reports of a parvo-like illness in northern Michigan dogs. This illness is confirmed to be Canine Parvovirus.
The affected dogs did not have a history of complete vaccination. The screening tests that were initially performed on these dogs were negative, while the diagnostic tests done at a lab were positive. The state is working on understanding why the results were negative on the screening tests.
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MDARD is encouraging all dog owners to take a few simple steps to protect their animals:

  • Keep up with routine vaccinations (especially for those living in or traveling with pets to the northern Lower Peninsula) by ensuring dogs/puppies are vaccinated against canine parvovirus, rabies, canine distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis.
  • Have dogs/puppies fully vaccinated before interacting with other animals will help to keep them healthy and safe.
  • Keep dogs/puppies at home and away from other dogs if they are exhibiting any signs of illness and contact your veterinarian.
  • Be sure to clean up after your pet when you’re walking them out in public.