Coronavirus is a virus similar to Parvovirus. It also attacks the intestinal lining but in a different way. Coronavirus is not usually fatal on its own but leaves the body susceptible to other infections that are often deadly, including Parvovirus.

Coronavirus is contagious before symptoms appear and for several weeks after symptoms have subsided, and the virus can live in the environment for several months. This makes Coronavirus difficult to avoid and most adult dogs carry an amount of immunity to it, meaning at some point they were infected, unnoticeably in some cases, or are naturally immune.

Symptoms:

Diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, and depression. These symptoms vary from unnoticeably mild to severe.

Communicability:

Coronavirus sheds from the intestines and will be present in an infected animal’s feces where it can then spread to other animals that come in contact with amounts of the infected feces. Coronavirus is highly contagious.

Effect:

Coronavirus attacks the intestinal lining and causes susceptibility to other infections.

Deadly:

Coronavirus is not usually deadly in adult dogs or strong puppies. However, the virus causes the intestines to be highly susceptible to other infections. Parvovirus commonly is found in dogs affected by Coronavirus and in which case is much more deadly.

Young litters infected simultaneously have a very high death rate. In any case, death is due to dehydration.

Remedy:

There is no cure for Coronavirus. Treatment consists of maintaining hydration until the disease runs its course.

Prevention:

Vaccination and protecting puppies from questionable environments and animals, including the veterinarian clinic.

Danger to Humans:

Canine Corona Virus does not currently affect humans.

Danger to Other Animals:

Canine Corona Virus is specific to Canines. Other strains of Corona virus affect other animals including Feline Corona virus.