CORONA VIRUS IN DOGS – Overview

March 28, 2020
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Canine coronavirus is a highly contagious intestinal infection. To date, several strains of canine coronavirus have been isolated from the outbreaks of diarrheal disease in dogs. Vaccination is often required by pet care facilities. Coronavirus 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.

Clinical Signs
• Depression
• Loss of Appetite
• Vomiting
• Acute diarrhea
• Yellow to orange diarrhea varying from soft to watery (may also contain blood)
• Fever (occasionally)

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

Can dogs contract or spread coronavirus COVID-19?

Novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is believed to not be a threat to dogs.
The World Health Organization has stated, ‘’there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”

How can dog owners protect dogs from coronavirus?

For now, healthy pet owners don’t need to do anything other than follow basic hygienic precautions such as washing their hands with soap and water before and after contact with any animal, including dogs and cats. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, experts recommend that you should “restrict contact with your animals — both to avoid exposing the pets and to prevent getting the virus on their skin or fur, which might be passed on to another person who touches the animal.” To reduce the spread of all germs, you may consider wiping your pet’s paws when they come in and out of the house with a paw cleaner and paw wipes.

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