Not sure if this has already been posted or not but this is really scary. There has been a rogue strain of Parvo that affects a city north of us killing many adult/vaccinated dogs over the past few years. Last year a lot of people didn't attend the dog show because of fears about it. I do not know if this is the same strain as in the article but I'll be watching this closely and talking to our vet about it at our next visit.
Here is a press release from the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences:
A team of Oklahoma State University (OSU) veterinarians, virologists and pathologists at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) recently published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology on their findings from a Canine parvovirus (CPV) study. Led by Dr. Sanjay Kapil, the group is the first to describe the CPV type 2c variant in the United States.
“We were quite fortunate to discover this variant,” explains Kapil. “It has been known for six years in Italy but nobody paid attention to it here until we found it last year.”
Shortly after Kapil joined the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, he received a case at the OADDL. The adult dog had been vaccinated multiple times and still became sick with Parvovirus.
“This was very unusual and we were totally surprised that it was CPV type 2c, which had not been found in the U.S. until then,” says Kapil. “What was so interesting was that after we described this disease, we ended up with samples from other locations here in the U.S.”
A patent has been filed on the characteristics of the U.S. CPV-2c. The team reports that 500 samples were submitted from locations in south California to south Florida. The published paper has been presented at national level meetings and internationally in Italy and Melbourne, Australia. However, their work is not done.
“The team work was most important. Sometimes we received ten dead puppies a day. We are working with several veterinarians and are receiving samples from cases with a history of vaccine failure,” continues Kapil. “Diagnostic laboratories need to be involved to identify CPV-2c. The disease now exists in all countries except Australia because of its geographical isolation.”
According to Kapil, the disease presentation is different in that normally parvovirus does not affect adult dogs only puppies. However, since publishing their findings, the OADDL has received samples from adult dogs in Minnesota.
“Veterinarians are confused because the in office diagnostic tests come up negative,” explains Kapil. “Clinically it looks like parvovirus so they send it to us. The OADDL tests it and it is parvovirus. Now world-wide (except for Australia), this particular variant can attack the heart and intestines.”
He goes on to say that the mortality has been quite heavy. One breeder lost 600 puppies in one night. Without further testing, it is not known if the cause was simply this virus or if other factors were involved.
“We will continue to study CPV-2c. Through collaborations with others we will search for more effective vaccines,” he promises.
Of 80 cases tested by the OADDL, 26 were from Oklahoma puppies/dogs. Of those 26, 15 tested positive for CPV-2c.
Scary. Nice to know OSU is researching (GREAT vet school, by the way.)
This kind of made me go 600 puppies?!?One breeder lost 600 puppies in one night.
Seamus and Flynn
I read about this last week, seems it has a serious effect on older dogs as well as puppies.
Originally Posted by rottnlabs
I hate to say this because I know I will get 'flamed', but as the resident "crazy old lady" of the forum, I will say it anyway. >
Considering the above section of the quote, I think that this new strain of Parvo could be the best thing that ever happened to PUPPY MILLS. Not to the breeding stock or their puppies :'( , but to the PUPPY MILLS owners and investors. olice:
And the dealers and pet stores they supply. olice:
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." author Will Rogers
Auggie 12/29/95 ~ 01/15/09
So sad for those pups, but for anyone to have 600 pups at one time > > > >
These pups couldn't have possibly been properly cared for.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Ok, that is kinda scary.Practically in my backyard.Of 80 cases tested by the OADDL, 26 were from Oklahoma puppies/dogs. Of those 26, 15 tested positive for CPV-2c.
OSU has an AWESOME vet school and clinic!