What is canine adenovirus?
Canine adenovirus causes hepatitis – an infection of the liver. However, adenovirus has also been associated with more mild disease, such as kennel cough. The virus is spread in the faeces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs.
What signs to look out for?
- Depression and inappetance
- Abdominal pain
- Cloudy eyes
- Jaundice – yellow eyes and gums
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
How do we treat canine adenovirus?
Treatment is symptomatic – keeping the dog comfortable and hydrated while the body fights the infection. Many do recover, but in some dogs, the disease is fatal. Vaccination is the best method of prevention.