Dog Disease - Coronavirus

Canine Coronavirus is a virus that affects the intestines of the dogs. It is a highly infectious dog disease which not only affects the puppies, but older dogs as well. It was discovered in 1970s in Germany after the outbreak of this dog disease in guard dogs. It is highly infectious and spread through the feces of infected dogs.

Symptoms of this dog disease start to appear 2-5 days after the exposure of the disease. Diarrhea is usually the only symptom. The consistency of the diarrhea from coronavirus is usually watery and has a stingy odor. It may be bloody as well. However, this is very unusual and is more closely associated with the severe parvovirus. Other symptoms include
•    Vomiting
•    Nausea
•    Loss of appetite
•    Anorexia
•    Depression.

Treatment of the dog disease ‘Canine coronavirus’ usually just consist of medicines for diarrhea. However, if the disease is more severe then the treatment includes IV fluids or injection under the skin for dehydration. Deaths occurring from this dog disease are very rare. The virus may be simply destroyed by easily available disinfectants.

Canine respiratory coronavirus
Recently another type of canine coronarvirus has been causing respiratory dog disease.
This is known as canine respiratory coronavirus and is genetically related to the bovine coronavirus and the human coronavirus. It was first discovered in England in 2003. This dog disease commonly infects dogs in the Ireland, Greece, Italy, Japan and UK.