Canine Coronavirus: CCoV short for Canine Coronavirus Disease is a highly contagious intestinal infection in dogs, commonly found in puppies. CCoV is not the same as SARS-CoV-2, which is the cause of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) found in humans.
Canine Coronavirus doesn’t last long in animals but causes a severe abdominal discomfort for a few days in your dogs. This virus is a member of the Coronavirade family.
When viewed from above with an electron microscope, the virus has a ring projection that appears like a coronet, or a small crown made of ornaments fixed on a ring made of metal.
Different types of Coronavirus affect both humans and animals. Currently, the world is dealing with COVID-19, which is predominant in humans now.
Canine Coronavirus (CCoV) is not the same as SARS-CoV-2 that causes the novel COVID-19.
CCoV doesn’t affect people. As opposed to COVID-19, which is a respiratory disease, the CCoV causes gastrointestinal problems in dogs.
What Is The Transmission Process Of CCoV
Often, dogs contract Canine Coronavirus via oral passage after contact with fecal matter. It is also possible for a dog to contract it from eating in contaminated plates or water bowls that have been used by infected animals.
Crowding and Unsanitary Conditions often favor transmission of CCoV. From ingestion to clinical signs, this is the incubation stage; it usually takes one to four days. It often lasts in animals from two to 10 days in most dogs.
If, while with the Canine Coronavirus, your dog catches infections from bacteria, parasites, or other viruses, the sickness will possibly stay longer alongside recovery.
Despite the recovery, your dogs might still be carriers for up to six months (180 days) after infection.
What Are Signs Of Canine Coronavirus (CCoV)
Most canine coronavirus contagions are sub-clinical and show little or no clinical signs on your dogs. Random infections might cause severe symptoms, most notably in puppies.
Diarrhea is the most common sign of Canine Coronavirus. Typical sudden onset may come with lethargy and decreased appetite.
Your dog’s stool is often loose with a fetid odor and orange tint. It usually contains blood or mucus. If, while with the CCoV, your puppy contacts another infection, e.g., Parvovirus, the illness will often be severe. Below are the visible signs you should look out for.
- Loss of Appetite
- Occasional Fever
- Acute diarrhea
- Yellow to orange diarrhea from soft to watery and may contain blood.
Are There Similar Diseases To CCoV?
Many other things could cause diarrhea, for example, which is an obvious symptom of CCoV.
Severe cases of Canine Coronavirus could sometimes be confused with Parvovirus, and they may occur at the same time.
Random diarrhea should resolve between 24 hours or thereabout, if it persists, contact your veterinary, most especially if it is associated with significant lethargy or loss of appetite.
Is There Any Treatment For CCoV?
No, there’s currently no specific treatment for this contagion. Antibiotics are ineffective against this virus, but you can apply it in controlling secondary bacterial infections. Withholding food for twenty-four hours after diarrhea stops, and occasional reintroduction of small amounts of food may be the only necessary treatment.
A dehydrated infected dog may need intravenous fluid to correct the fluid and electrolyte imbalances. Above all, early medical attention is integral in making a successful treatment of severe cases.
Are There Vaccines For Canine Coronavirus?
Yes, CCoV can be prevented in the future with specific vaccines. This vaccine isn’t recommended for all dogs and will be administered by a vet, based on your dog’s risk assessment, living conditions, and lifestyle.
Most noteworthy is that the vaccine will work for Canine Coronavirus only and isn’t valid for the prevention of the novel COVID-19 Pandemic in humans.