Coronavirus in Dogs
How can you protect your pet against Coronavirus?
Firstly, what is Coronavirus?
It’s an extended family of viruses that cause diseases ranging from the common cold and more serious diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERSE-CoV). The nature of coronavirus is zoonotic, which means that it can be transmitted between humans and animals. There are some common signs of coronavirus, which include high fever, breathing problems, and a cough.
Research shows that many species are susceptible to coronavirus, like Birds getting it from avian, pigs from porcine, and dogs from Canine Enteric Coronavirus. It is a quick but miserable disease that leads to diarrhea, vomiting, and intestinal distress.
Let’s take a look at some common categories of coronavirus…
Spread between humans and animals, including dogs. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, difficulty breathing, and even death in the most severe cases.
Canine Enteric Coronavirus
A very infectious bowel condition, which has been isolated from diarrheal outbreaks in dogs. Pet care facilities need vaccinations for this virus.
The standard advice for preventing infection is regular hand washing, avoiding contact with those who have respiratory problems, and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
If you are unsure about the difference between specific dog breeds and their needs, learn more here
How is Coronavirus transmitted to your Dog?
The most common cause is oral contact. Keep an eye on your dog to ensure it doesn’t eat or drink any contaminated food. If you are suspicious that your dog is already infected, you should immediately call your local vets for assistance. It is also important to keep your dog away from any of its furry friends that could have the potential to be infected.
Enteric coronavirus is propagated by contaminated urine, bowls of food or water, and direct contact with another infected dog so just ensure your dog isn’t consuming anything out of the ordinary.
Symptoms of the infection in Dogs
The most common sign, especially in puppies, is diarrhea, which usually starts unexpectedly and can be followed by reduced appetite and lethargy. The stool will be loose, orange, and blood might be present. Respiratory coronavirus in dogs also triggers coughing, sneezing, and mucus.
How to treat Dogs with Coronavirus
Sadly, there are no medicines available yet. However, you can still provide the best treatment when your pet is suffering. Your local vet may be able to give some medication that could help your dog to feel more at ease with breathing issues for example. However, these will just be temporary solutions to the problem.
Vaccines available that you could consider…
If you want to keep your dog healthy, there is a vaccine for canine coronavirus, although it is not recommended for all dogs. The vaccine is provided on the basis of lifestyle and a risk assessment of your dog.
- Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPV+CV: The vaccination is recommended as an aid in the prevention of the disease
- Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPVL2: The vaccination is recommended as a prevention of canine distemper virus infections, and canine coronavirus.
- Nobivac Canine 1-CV: This vaccine is recommended to make your dog healthy by giving them aid against coronavirus.
How else can dog owners protect their pets against Coronavirus?
The best method to reduce exposure is to keep your home, surroundings, and anything that your dog interacts with on a daily basis, hygienic and clean. Also…
- Do not allow your dogs to interact with stray dogs.
- Give your dog a bath at regular intervals.
- Clean your dog bowls on a regular basis.
- Make sure the water your dog drinks is clean and not contaminated.
Remember, if you have any suspicions, try to avoid interaction with your pet and call the vet immediately.
Learn more about your favourite breed and their caring patterns here.