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Coronavirus (COVID 19) in dogs

For now, there have been no reported cases of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Coronavirus in dogs.

Can my dog get Coronavirus?
“Coronavirus” is applicable to a family of viruses that have a “crown” appearance when viewed under an electron microscope. So the current famous strain is being referred to as 2019-CoV Coronavirus, some others include SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and Canine Coronavirus in dogs(It was discovered in 1971 in Germany during an outbreak in sentry dogs).
Canine Coronavirus disease
Canine Coronavirus disease is a highly infectious intestinal infection in dogs, especially puppies. To date, several strains of canine coronavirus have been isolated from the outbreaks of diarrheal disease in dogs.
Canine coronavirus in dogs
Coronavirus is usually short-lived, but may cause considerable abdominal discomfort for a few days in infected dogs. Different coronaviruses cause infections in many species of animals and birds. Canine coronavirus does not affect people.
Transmission in dogs:

Canine Coronavirus in dogs is spread through contact with oral secretions or contact with infected feces. Coronaviruses are fairly resistant and can remain infectious for longer periods outdoors at frozen temperatures.
Risk Factors
  • Young Dogs
  • Dogs that come from shelters, rescue centers, breeding kennels, or pet stores
  • Boarding at a kennel or doggie daycare
  • Visiting groomers, dog parks, or engaging with other dogs on a daily basis
  • Dogs that live in multiple pet homes

Clinical Signs in dogs:
The incubation period is one to three days,highly contagious and is spread through the feces of infected dogs, who usually shed the virus for 6 to 9 days, but sometimes for 6 months following infection.
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Acute diarrhea
  • Yellow to orange diarrhea varying from soft to watery (may also contain blood)
  • Fever (occasionally)

Treatment Canine Coronavirus in dogs
Treatment usually only requires medication for diarrhea, but more severely affected dogs may require intravenous fluids for dehydration. Fatalities are rare. Vaccination usually given to puppies and dogs that have a high risk of exposure, such as show dogs.

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