Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Infectious Disease

Coronavirus Infection in Dogs

Animals Affected – Dog

General Information
Canine coronavirus (CCV) affects the intestinal tract of dogs. The length of time between swallowing the virus and showing signs of illness is 1 to 5 days. Signs include depression, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Some dogs show no signs at all. The illness may continue for 2 to 10 days.

CCV is transmitted through feces, and dogs may shed the virus for 2 weeks after signs of infection have ended. Dogs that have recovered develop some immunity, but the duration of immunity is unknown.

A vaccine is available for prevention of CCV infection. Annual booster vaccinations are no longer recommended because the disease is not too severe. The vaccine is very useful for breeding kennels and animal control situations.

Important Points in Treatment

1. Treatment varies according to the severity of the disease and the age and condition of your pet. Intravenous fluid therapy and hospitalization are often required because dehydration readily occurs in this illness.
has diarrhea.
• Your dog becomes weak and depressed.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.