|Coronavirus (Corona) is a virus that causes sudden
intestinal infection in puppies and dogs. It manifests in the
cells of the intestinal lining resulting in nausea, lack of appetite,
vomiting and moderate to severe diarrhea.
The disease can show no signs or be very severe.
Coronavirus does not result in the same
amount of fatalities a parvovirus.
How they get it
Infection is attributed to ingestion of contaminated material
by dog feces and can occur when a dog smells or
licks the ground or cleans itself after playing outside.
Direct contact with another dog is not necessary for infection.
Coronavirus is present in the feces of infected
dogs for months after ingestion which is why it speads so far and quickly.
Dogs at highest risk for this virus are un-vaccinated puppies
or dogs that have not completed their full vaccination program.
Kennel environments,dog shows,and other dog events
have led to severe outbreaks of this virus.
Dogs of all ages can be infected, but puppies and younger
dogs are affected worse. Unsanitary and/or overcrowded
kennels increase the chance of infection.
Parasites and other viruses may also be present.
Loss of appetite (anorexia "Not the super model type")
Diarrhea (often containing foul-smelling blood)
Sometimes mis diagnosed as parvovirus
The signs of coronavirus are very similar to parvovirus,
so the initial diagnostic tests will likely include a parvo test,
to rule this out.
For a definitive diagnosis of coronavirus infection,
isolation and identification can be done in some specialized labs.
However, since coronavirus is rarely fatal and readily responds
to professional care, most diagnose corona
based on typical clinical signs, ruling out other causes of
gastroenteritis such as intestinal obstruction and a negative parvo test.
Therapy is dependent upon the severity of the symptoms.
They may include: Constant intravenous fluid therapy,
antibiotics and/or other drugs used to control nausea and vomiting.
Vaccinate your pet regularly.
Minimize contact of un-vaccinated puppies with other dogs.
This should include avoiding areas where other pets may have been
Your pet is most at risk until fully vaccinated (usually 20-24 weeks of age)
Avoid doggy events until your puppy has been properly vaccinated
and areas other dogs have used as a bathroom.
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