Signs of illness thought to be caused by canine circovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting and diarrhea.Some angst is brewing among dog lovers because of a newly discovered infectious agent called canine circovirus. This angst is justified as circovirus is suspected to be the cause of recent severe illness and even death in some dogs.
Circoviruses have been around for a long time, but documentation of this microorganism in dogs is new. Pig farmers are all too familiar with circovirus, which causes poor growth, a "wasting away" syndrome and death in piglets. Circovirus can also cause disease in a variety of bird species.
While the circovirus found in dogs resembles pig circovirus, the two are not identical. This canine version was first discovered in June 2012. At that time it was not determined to be a cause of disease, simply an incidental finding in healthy dogs.
Circovirus was first reported as a possible cause of illness in dogs by researchers in California. Most recently,Read More »from Canine Circovirus: A New Virus for Dogs Discovered