There is a new virus that is spreading to dogs across the country. If not treated, health officials said it could kill an infected dog in just days. It is called Circovirus, and while there are no reports of any cases in East Texas, officials said it could be headed this way.
Sharon Phillips is a veterinarian for the Tyler Veterinary Center. She said since the circovirus is new, there is not a whole lot of information on it just yet.
"They first found that virus in pigs, which causes the same clinical symptoms as a dog, which is why I think they first started testing for it. They don't know any of the transmission, or how this virus came to possibly mutate into animals," Phillips said.