Note: This article refers to Canine Corona Virus (CCV), and not COVID-19 (which is the human corona virus that has been declared a pandemic by WHO).
Whether you’re a first-time furparent, or have had dogs before, it’s of high importance that you always look after your dog’s overall health and happiness. Being wary of sick dogs coming into contact with your dog is a valid feeling because of all the possible diseases they may catch. Canine coronavirus is one of those diseases that you should keep an eye out for. Why so?
Just What Is It?
The Coronavirus infection is borne from the feces of an infected dog. As per Vetstreet, it’s highly contagious, and it commonly targets a dog’s intestinal tract. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The virus can progress in one to four days, and you can let it run its course until your dog gets better. Your vet can offer your pet fluids and antibiotics to help alleviate symptoms, and prevent further secondary infections.
Is It Just A Simple Virus?
According to PetMD, canine coronavirus infection or CCV is so contagious, it can be found in dogs all over the world. While this virus is specific to both wild and domesticated dogs, if the CCV infection occurs simultaneously with a canine parvovirus infection, or an infection caused by other intestinal pathogens, the effects can be more serious. For vulnerable puppies, it may prove fatal.
How to Treat Canine Coronavirus
While the symptoms can be manageable with fluids and rest, the clinical signs of Coronavirus in dogs can be similar to intestinal parasitism, parvovirus infection, and distemper – which are more serious diseases. It’s best to align with your vet for tests to rule out other culprits.
Sploot View: Take Canine Coronavirus Seriously
As infected dogs are the source of the Coronavirus, it’s best to separate sick dogs from healthy ones to control its spread. Disinfecting contaminated areas, and areas where dogs congregate will also help reduce infection.
As for shots to help in preventing this virus, the Coronavirus vaccine may sometimes be included in combination vaccines for serious diseases, like the mentioned canine distemper virus, parvovirus, and canine adenovirus type 2. As per the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs in boarding / training kennels, shelters, and dog shows, should be vaccinated especially for other respiratory pathogens to reduce co-infection. By keeping these things in mind – we can help not just our dogs, but other dogs too, in avoiding this preventable virus.
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