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Veterinarians Looking for Cause of Deadly Dog Sickness

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Veterinarians across the state are trying to figure out if there is a new virus potentially deadly to dogs.

The concerns come after the deaths of several dogs in Ann Arbor and the Detroit area. The dogs died just a couple of days after first showing symptoms.

Meyer Veterinarian Clinic in Wexford County says it has not seen any cases here in northern Michigan. Symptoms include, vomiting, diarrhea, and blood in the dog's droppings.

Vets in our area say there is always concern when something like this shows up in the state. Many initially thought the Circovirus was causing the deaths, but now are not so sure.

"They don't think that [this] is a new disease showing up. They think maybe it's a combination of some other viruses or bacterial infections," said Veterinarian Allen Mayer.

Meyer Veterinarian Clinic says viruses seem to spread more quickly in the summertime when dogs spend the most time outdoors.

It will take time for the science to catch up to verify if there is a new virus and to figure out how to treat it.

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Tony Zyber have more on the sickness concerns.