Stolley Park
Veterinary Hospital

3020 W. Stolley Park Road  Grand Island, Nebraska  68801  
Phone:  308-384-6272   Fax:  308-384-0984

October Newsletter

Canine Circovirus

You may have heard about a “new” virus infecting a small population of dogs in Ohio. We have receiveda few concerned calls, so we have provided a summary from the American Veterinary Medical Association website regarding canine circovirus. Please visit

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Pages/Circovirus-in-Dogs-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx for the full article.

1) What is a circovirus?
Circoviruses are a type of virus that infect pigs and birds and cause a variety of illnesses in these species.

2) What is dog circovirus?
A caninecircovirus was discovered in 2012, and was thought to cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is found in the feces of both ill and healthy dogs, however, so connection to actual illness has not yet been proven. It is thought that if it is present along with another virus is may worsen illness that is already present.

3) Are the sick dogs in Ohio you’ve heard about infected with a circovirus?
Even if they test positive, this virusmay not be the cause of illness.

4) What is the route of infection?
This is currently unknown, but possibly direct contact with the infected dog’s vomit or diarrhea. It may also be passed by shared bedding or dishes.

5) Is my dog at risk while boarding?
There is no indication that this virus is only spread at boarding facilities. Like any infection, likelihood of spread increases with exposure to more individuals that might be infected, but no obvious connection has been made at this time.

6) Are other diseases similar to circovirus?
There are several possible (and more likely) causes of vomiting and diarrhea, so those symptoms alone do not mean your dog is infected.

7) What can I do?
If your dog is sick, call your veterinarian. The sooner treatment for vomiting and diarrhea is initiated, the more quickly they will recover.

8) Should I panic?
No, but if you have any concerns, please call us.

The bottom line is thatnot a lot is yet known about this virus. It has not in fact been conclusively connected to disease. However, the veterinary community continues to look for ways to identify, treat and prevent all new potential illnesses.