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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A virus that has been known for years to kill pigs and birds, has started to show up in dogs. In states like California, Michigan and Ohio, the disease has been deadly for some canines.

"It's very contagious and it's very hard to get rid of," said Southwest Drive Pet Clinic Veterinarian Dr. Archie Ryan.

However, it doesn't cause the sickness by itself. The circo-virus showed up in dogs who suffered other infections.

"If your dog has vomiting and diarrhea with blood in it, in our area it's a 99 percent chance it's going to be one of those other viruses, other than circo-virus," said Ryan.

Those other viruses such as parvovirus, giardia and salmonella can be the reason your pet is showing signs of a sickness. The symptoms are all very similar.

"Symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea," said Ryan. "It can become worse and they can become very lethargic."

They may not have a way to prevent the circo-virus showing up in your pet just yet, but there is one important thing you can do to keep your dog healthy.

"It can be easily prevented by a series of vaccinations before the dog is 12 weeks old," said Ryan.

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