MIDLAND, MI – Canine residents of Midland will not have the chance to enjoy summer dog days at a local pool due to concerns surrounding a mystery illness.
Midland’s Plymouth Pool was supposed to be the site of the annual ‘Pooches at the Pool’ event on September 20. However, Midland Parks and Recreation announced on Tuesday August 23 that the event was canceled due to concerns about a canine parvovirus. like the disease that has been circulating in Michigan.
“While this is a ‘brutal’ decision to make, the City of Midland is committed to ensuring the safety of its furry and four-legged residents,” the city said in a statement.
During the event, dogs normally have the chance to enjoy 30-minute sessions in the Plymouth Pool once the pool is closed for the season.
Those who were registered for the 2022 event can either keep their payment for the 2023 event or receive a refund. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2023.
For more information on this cancellation, please contact Parks and Recreation at 989-837-6930 or email [email protected]
MLive previously reported that numerous dogs have become ill in northern Michigan over the past four to six weeks, with an illness that presents as parvo. However, the tests came back negative for parvo according to information from the Otsego County Animal Shelter and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).
Symptoms include vomiting and bloody stools, which are indicative of parvo. Most dogs died within three days of the onset of symptoms. Some of the dogs were vaccinated against parvo, MLive reported.
MDARD is working with local animal control shelters, area veterinarians, MSU VDL and other partners to learn more about these reports and facilitate further testing to try to determine a cause.
MDARD encourages dog owners to work with their veterinarians to ensure their dogs are up to date on vaccinations, especially the parvo/distemper vaccine.
For dog owners, especially those who live or travel with pets in the northern Lower Peninsula, the state strongly recommends that they follow routine vaccinations by ensuring dogs/puppies are vaccinated against parvovirus, rabies, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis. According to the MDRAD, having dogs/puppies fully vaccinated before interacting with other animals will help keep them healthy and safe.
If any dogs or puppies show signs of illness, it’s best to keep them home and away from other dogs and contact your veterinarian.
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