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.”