How is coronavirus in dogs transmitted?
Infected dogs usually shed the virus in their feces and saliva for one to two weeks, sometimes longer. The virus is then ingested from contaminated food bowls or by direct contact with an infected dog. Crowding and unsanitary conditions favor transmission. The incubation period from ingestion to clinical signs is one to five days. What are the signs of canine coronavirus disease? Many infections are subclinical or mild and transient. Occasional infections and outbreaks are more severe, particularly in young pups. Mixed infections, for instance with parvovirus (see Canine Parvovirus Disease) may intensify the disease. Coronavirus diarrhea is typically sudden in onset, accompanied by lethargy and decreased appetite. The stool is loose, mushy with a fetid odor and orange tint. It may contain blood or mucus. Are there diseases that can be confused with coronavirus in dogs? There are many causes of diarrhea in dogs. Severe cases of coronavirus in canines can be easily confused with parvovir