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Our dog has always had on and off trouble with diarrhea, but the last 1-2 months itís been much worse. We think he had a partial obstruction that did resolve itself but he didnít really bounce back from that as we hoped. Weíve been working with the vet to eliminate a few possibilities before moving to diet changes. They did a comprehensive fecal panel and it came back positive for Circovirus. None of the vets in the clinic have ever had a test come back positive for circovirus, and the treatment is all supportive. But there is so little information on it, Iím not sure about the whole thing. Anyone have anything they can share?
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Sorry I just thought of all of these questions that can’t find answers to. Is it possibly a lab mistake, and should we do the test again? Can a dog test positive for it if they had an infection a long time ago? How long do symptoms last? He specifically tested negative for Parvo but there’s an outbreak in my state that made the news last month, so i’m kind of paranoid about any possible mixups

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I don't know anything about that. I hope it will be resolved for you, and will be watching.

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I have not heard of this virus. I just wanted to say that my dog had a lot of problems with diarrhea when she was younger. Diet changes, along with a daily probiotic, worked for us. I hope you find a solution that works for your dog.
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I have not heard of this virus. I just wanted to say that my dog had a lot of problems with diarrhea when she was younger. Diet changes, along with a daily probiotic, worked for us. I hope you find a solution that works for your dog.
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Our dog also has on and off issues, mostly controlled, that have been worse recently. Since he had giardia multiple times the winter we brought him home, it made sense to eliminate parasites before starting diet changes. This was completely unexpected.
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Sorry, I really don't know anything about it. Labs CAN make mistakes, of course, but it's unusual. I'd see what they want to DO about it before getting too worried. Most viruses clear with supportive care in a healthy dog.

And they usually start with a snap test in the office if they suspect Parvo. If he HAD Parvo and they missed it, it's too late to worry about it now. He has mostly recovered, right? And you don't have another dog who could get sick from him. And he was vaccinated for it, right? I really doubt it was Parvo.


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Thank you! From the article, this basically answers all of my questions:

ďResearchers also found that circovirus was present in the stool of 14 out of 204 healthy dogs, which suggests that the presence of the virus does not mean a dog will become ill.Ē

Our dog is from California, so knowing it can be present makes a lot more sense than this isolated case.

Which also means these symptoms are unlikely to come from a current viral infection and itís time to make a dietary change. I was hesitant on how to do this because Iím not a fan of the prescription food our vet carries, but Iíve decided to try to work with our vet first (since itís local) to identify what might be causing the food intolerance. I still want to consult with a nutritionist to replace the vet food, and I can always switch to working with a nutritionist early if it doesnít go well.
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Sorry, I really don't know anything about it. Labs CAN make mistakes, of course, but it's unusual. I'd see what they want to DO about it before getting too worried. Most viruses clear with supportive care in a healthy dog.

And they usually start with a snap test in the office if they suspect Parvo. If he HAD Parvo and they missed it, it's too late to worry about it now. He has mostly recovered, right? And you don't have another dog who could get sick from him. And he was vaccinated for it, right? I really doubt it was Parvo.
He is vaccinated, and the breakout was mostly among dogs who werenít vaccinated. When I searched for Circovirus, Parvo kept coming up, so it planted the idea of any kind of mixup in my head.

Heís back to his usual self, but the diarrhea has never gone away since he was sick last month. It did improve the week after he was really sick, but then it gradually became worse again. Itís definitely worse now than when he was a puppy, which is why Iím leaning towards the symptoms coming from a food sensitivity heís developed over time. I can tell the vet is leaning that way, too, but I get the feeling heís being cautious.
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I highly recommend consulting with Sabine . She is a nutritionist who has helped many people on the forum for the last ten years. Give her an email [email protected]
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