There are many abbreviations for the canine coronavirus, some call it CCoV or CCV. Either way, canine coronavirus is not the same as Covid-19 and it only affects dogs; not humans.
So, let’s find out everything we can about canine coronavirus.
Canine Coronavirus – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Dogs get CCV by coming in close contact with infected faeces, eating from the bowl of an infected dog or playing and coming in close contact with an infected dog.
Unlike Covid-19, canine coronavirus, CCV, affects the gut. Dogs with CCV usually have unstoppable loose motions. Their motions may have a putrid smell or may have an orange tint. Sometimes their motions tend to have blood or mucus.
Adult dogs may not always show the symptoms. They may have a few episodes of vomiting or loose motions for a day and they usually bounce back to health. They may occasionally have a mild fever or become anorexic for a short period of time.
CCV is can be life-threatening for puppies. If they have CCV, they tend to get very sick very fast. Their body becomes weak and they become susceptible to other illnesses; the Parvovirus is most common to attack them during this time. If they don’t get treatment on time, they may die from the condition.
CCV is highly contagious among dogs. If you suspect that your dog has it, you must immediately separate them from other dogs, feed them in separate bowls and clean up after they relieve themselves.
Even after a dog stops showing symptoms, they can carry the illness to other dogs for the next 6 months. Proper hygiene and care is a must during this time. Make sure to pick up their poop and throw it in the bin. Also, keep them away from other dogs for the next six months and keep their utensils clean.
Dogs may have loose motions sometimes and it doesn’t always mean that it’s Canine Coronavirus. Sometimes it can just be an upset stomach. If your dog suddenly has loose motions and/or vomiting, doctors may suggest a urine analysis.
Once it is confirmed they have Canine Coronavirus, please begin with the isolation process up till the next six months. Maintaining proper hygiene in areas where the dog eats and sleeps will significantly stop the spreading of the virus.
There is no real treatment for canine coronavirus. If it is very severe doctors may give antibiotics to fight off the bacterial infections that follow after the virus attacks. But, since it is a virus, antibiotics won’t exactly treat the condition itself.
In most cases, your doctor will ask you to give your dog plenty of fluids and keep them on an empty stomach until the diarrhoea stops. You can resume a normal diet when they start to have soft stools.
Canine coronavirus is more dangerous amongst puppies, but adult dogs tend to handle it just fine. They are usually down for a few days and are soon up on their feet again.
There are vaccinations available for canine coronavirus. It is clubbed together with other canine illnesses in the 7 in 1 or 9 in 1 vaccination that you give your dog every year. If your dog is vaccinated, you don’t have to worry about CCV.
The only canines who can suffer from the condition are young puppies and street dogs.
How To Protect Street Dogs From Canine Coronavirus
If you are a caregiver or if you feed street dogs, you can do some simple things to protect them from getting Canine Coronavirus.
Firstly, getting them vaccinated is a must. Many NGOs run vaccination programmes for street dogs. You can get in touch with your local authorities to get them vaccinated; it’s usually free of cost. This protects an entire community of stray dogs from getting CCV.
Secondly, if you are new to a locality or if there is a new dog in your neighbourhood, and if that dog shows symptoms of CCV, you can give that dog some relief. Start by feeding them separately to avoid spreading the virus.
You can also bring a bowl of water for them to drink. Canine coronavirus makes them severely dehydrated and having a bowl of fresh water will relieve them of any discomfort.
If a street puppy is infected with CCV, it would be best if you can temporarily foster the puppy. If your dogs are already vaccinated, the street puppy will not be able to infect other dogs. Hydrate them and clean up after them until they feel better. You may need to take them to the vet for some antibiotics if the condition is severe.
Removing them from the streets will keep other street dogs safe from the virus.
We hope this article helped you understand a little bit more about Canine Coronavirus. We want to mention again that canine coronavirus is not the same as the Covid-19 that shook the entire planet. There is no evidence that proves that dogs can spread Covid-19. In fact, we may be at far greater risk of spreading the virus onto them rather than the other way around.
We request all pet parents to stay safe and healthy. Please keep your pets safe and don’t fall under false notions about the Covid-19.