What Is Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus that we are hearing about on the news is NOT Canine Coronavirus.  However, your dog or cat could transmit human (Wuhan, China) Coronavirus to you, through general contact, if they subjected to it somewhere else.

The fact is that no dogs or cats have been infected with Human (Wuhan) Coronavirus, but that virus CAN RESIDE on and in your pet’s nasal and oral cavities (nose and mouth), without ever infecting them with the virus.

Canine Coronavirus is NOT Human (Wuhan) Coronavirus

Canine Coronavirus is nothing to be concerned about, and there is no case of dogs or cats contracting Human (Wuhan) Coronavirus.

Canine Coronavirus usually doesn’t last too long, but it does cause numerous side effects and complications, in some cases.  Canine coronavirus can be passed through feces and saliva. A dog has one to five days after being exposed to the disease for symptoms to present themselves. Symptoms include onset diarrhea, a decrease in appetite and lethargy. A dog’s stool often contains mucus or blood and will always have a distinct odor. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for coronavirus. Do your best to keep control of the symptoms because often a secondary infection may occur, which you can then get antibiotics for. Coronavirus is rarely fatal except in the cases of dogs with underdeveloped or compromised immune systems.

Canine Coronavirus Vaccination
Canine Coronavirus Vaccine (CCV) is NOT recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) or DAMC because it:

  • causes mild or subclinical disease.
  • generally occurs in dogs younger than six weeks old.
  • is typically self-limiting.

The fact is that no dogs or cats have been infected with Human (Wuhan) Coronavirus, but that virus CAN RESIDE on and in your pet’s nasal and oral cavities (nose and mouth), without ever becoming infected with the virus.  In theory, it can also pass the virus through urine and feces, just like many other viruses, including Canine Coronavirus .

How to Protect Your Pet

The best way to protect your pet in Florida (United States), is to get them vaccinated against the most common viruses and infections (core vaccines).  Those vaccines include:

  • Canine parvovirus (CPV)
  • Canine distemper virus (CDV)
  • Canine adenovirus (CAV)
  • Rabies
  • Leptospirosis vaccine
  • Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
  • Distemper-Measles Combination Vaccine

Call to schedule your dog’s vaccination – (727) 738-2833