Ohio dogs infected with mysterious illness

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CANAL FULTON, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture is testing samples taken from sick dogs treated at a Stark County animal clinic.

Dr. Melanie Butera from the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital on Portage NW has treated three, possibly four dogs that may have been infected with a mysterious, undiagnosed disease. One dog died after Dr. Butera attempted to treat the animal.

“I’m a tiny little practice, so for me to see possibly four cases in a short period of time really does have me worried,” said Butera.

After a similar outbreak of an unknown infection killed three dogs in Cincinnati a few weeks ago, the Ohio Department of Agriculture urged all pet owners to watch their dogs.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Affected dogs suffered from severe bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Owners should observe their dogs and contact a veterinarian immediately if they show similar symptoms.”

Read more at WJW: http://fox8.com/2013/08/27/health-scare-dogs-infected-with-mysterious-disease/

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