A highly contagious virus, commonly found in pigs and some birds, has now been transferred to dogs, its called circovirus.

So far, there are no documented cases reported in Texas, but veterinarian practices, pet shelters and kennels are keeping the virus on their radar.

The American Veterinary Medicine Association or AVMA says the first reported case of circovirus was in 2012. Recent cases have popped up in California, Ohio and Michigan, but are still undergoing investigation.

Doctors are not sure how the virus got transferred to dogs and there is no vaccine. They speculate it may spread through contact with infected fecal matter.

Take your canine to the vet immediately if they are experiencing excessive vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can also be causes of other sicknesses.

The AVMA says doggie kennels and daycare facilities should continue to practice good hygiene and sanitation measures. This means keeping ill pets away from healthy ones, disinfecting areas where ill animals have been and monitoring pets for any signs of illness.