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Officials Warn of Mysterious Dog Illness
COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger) -- Until the mystery illness that's killing dogs in Ohio is identified, the lead investigator says dog owners should avoid dog parks.
"Don't co-mingle your dog with a bunch of other dogs right now until we get this under control," said state veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Researchers still can't figure out how the illness is spreading.
Forshey told ABC6/FOX28 that he does not believe this will become a massive outbreak since the illness has already been around for three weeks.
Cases have been reported in the Cincinnati area and the Canal Fulton area, and researchers are trying to figure out what, if any connections exist between the two regions, he said.
Symptoms include: bloody diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and lethargy.
An ABC6/FOX28 viewer said her dog, Puffy, showed the same symptoms last Wednesday. By Monday morning, the dog had died.
"The animals can be gone in two to three days," said Dr. Forshey, "but I don't think there's a reason to panic at all."
If your dog is treated early, there is a good chance of recovery, said Dr. Forshey.
He said it could take six to eight weeks before the illness is identified.
"We don't know how to cure it yet," said Dr. Forshey.