It is a crazy time out there right now. It seems like there are more questions than answers when it comes to the Coronavirus. One of the questions is can your dog get the coronavirus? Yes he can and we have a Coronavirus vaccine! It is not the same one as people are getting….we will expand on this a bit more down below.
Canine Corona Virus is a highly contagious intestinal infection. It is known as CCoV. It is typically short lived but can cause a lot of discomfort in your dogs while they have it.
The disease is typically spread via oral contact with infected fecal matter. What does that mean? It means eating poo. Your dog can also become infected by eating from a contaminated food bowl or by coming in contact with an infected doeg.
The incubation period, meaning the time from exposure to showing symptoms, is two to four days. The illness lasts from two to ten days. What is even scarier is your dog can be a carrier for up to 6 months AFTER infection. Once a dog has Coronavirus they are susceptible to secondary infections by bacteria, parasites, and other viruses. This can take a bad disease to an even worse disease that could cause lifelong problems.
The most common symptom is diarrhea with sudden onset. This can be accompanied by lethargy and a decreased appetite. The poo is often loose with a bad smell and orange in tint. It can also contain blood or mucus.
How do you know that your dog’s diarrhea is not just a bad meal? If it lasts for more than 24 hours you will want to get in touch with your Albuquerque Veterinarian. Sadly, there is no treatment for Canine Coronavirus. Your vet will be able to treat the symptoms and help keep your dog comfortable during the infection and keep them from developing symptoms that could be worse.
There is a vaccine!
What do we always say? Prevention is better than treatment. Vaccines for the Canine Coronavirus are available and we have them at Vetco! You can bring your dog to the walk-in shot clinic open daily. The vaccine is 2 initial doses, 1 year follow the first vaccines, then every three years after that. This vaccine does not vaccinate your dog against Covid-19.
What About Covid-19?
The Canine Coronavirus is not the same as Covid-19. You cannot get the coronavirus from your dog. It it not the same strand of the virus. There was a dog in Hong Kong that may have contracted the human Coronavirus from a human. So far it looks like he did not but they are keeping him in quarantine for the time being.