Canine Coronavirus, also known as CCoV, is a viral infection of the intestines. This disease is short-lived and typically not fatal, but causes abdominal discomfort and pain for a few days. There are different types of coronavirus that each infect different animal species.
The SARS-CoV-2 that is the cause of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not the same as the canine coronavirus. The canine coronavirus infection can spread between dogs when one has come into oral contact with an infected dog. Typically, symptoms start to show between one and four days after the initial infection.
Diarrhea is the most common sign of canine coronavirus. Other symptoms include lethargy, a decreased appetite, fever, and vomiting. Many cases of canine coronavirus can be confused with parvovirus as they have similar symptoms.
There is no fixed treatment for canine coronavirus although vaccines are available. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, therefore there are no medications to directly treat canine coronavirus. Treating canine coronavirus symptoms can help ease the abdominal pain that dogs experience with the disease, so contacting a veterinarian when you start to notice symptoms is important.
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