18 Sep CORONA VIRUS IN DOGS: ITS TRANSMISSION, SIGNS & PRECAUTIONS
WHAT IS CANINE CORONA VIRUS DISEASE?
Corona virus disease in dogs is a highly infectious intestinal infection in dogs, especially puppies. Canine corona virus is usually short-lived but may cause considerable abdominal discomfort for a few days in infected dogs.
HOW IS CANINE CORONA VIRUS TRANSMITTED?
Most cases of canine corona virus are contracted by oral contact with infected fecal matter. A dog may also become infected by eating from desecrate food bowls or by direct contact with an infected dog or any other pet.
Crowding and unsanitary conditions lead to corona virus transmission. The incubation period from ingestion to clinical signs is one to four days. The span of illness is two to ten days in most dogs. Secondary infections by bacteria, parasites, and other viruses may develop and prolong illness and recovery.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF CANINE CORONA VIRUS?
Most canine corona virus infections are sub-clinical and produce few clinical signs in dogs. Sometimes an infection cause more severe symptoms, especially in young puppies. The most typical sign associated with canine corona virus is diarrhea, typically sudden in onset, which may be accompanied by lethargy and decreased appetite. It may contain blood or mucus. If a puppy has a mixed infection, for instance both corona virus and parvo virus the illness will be more severe.
A dehydrated patient may require intravenous fluids to correct the fluid and electrolyte imbalances. Early medical intervention is the key to successful treatment of severe cases.
According to the experts, cats and dogs also have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. This transpires mostly after the animals were in close contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Animals don’t appear to play a powerful role in growing the virus that causes COVID-19. However, keep in head people with weakened immune systems and people age 65 and older are more likely to get sick from some other germs that animals can carry.
Consider pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection. For dog health care certain measures should be taken.
Dog health care tips are:
- Get on a Vaccination Schedule.
- Choose the Right Food.
- Spay or Neuter Your Pet.
- Get Moving.
- Brush Your Dog’s
- Keep Your Pet Cool and Warm.
- Prevent Parasites
Because there is a risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals so social distancing is the basic norm that should be followed.
- Keep pets indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
- Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
- Avoid public places where a large number of people gather to prevent your pet from virus.
- Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other products, such as hand sanitizer, counter-cleaning wipes, or other industrial or surface cleaners. Talk to dog specialist if you have questions about appropriate products for bathing or cleaning your pet.
- Talk to your pet’s doctor for any concerns about their health
- If you care for your pet while you’re sick, wear a cloth face covering that will be good for owner of pet only.
Wash your hands before and after handling animals and their food, waste and supplies as maintaining basic hygiene measure. Also, make sure you keep your pet clean. If you have COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, don’t take your pet to the veterinarian you should instead contact the veterinarian. He or she might offer advice through a virtual visit or tell you the apt measures that you should do for your pet. Also dog health care products should be used for keep your pet active and in good form.