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 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:
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 .
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:
Call to schedule your dog’s vaccination – (727) 738-2833
2 Replies to “Can Dogs Get Coronavirus? Coronavirus in Dogs”
Bee – March 9, 2020
Please use the correct term here instead of calling it Wuhan virus
Dunedin Animal Hospital – March 12, 2020
Coronavirus is actually a generic term. Like “influenza” is a general term that can refer to any one of dozens of strains, “coronavirus” can be inferred to be one of over a dozen different strains. “Wuhan” is the region in China where our current outbreak of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) was first identified, so it will go down in history as “Human (Wuhan) Coronavirus”, “Wuhan Coronavirus” or Covid-19.
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