Treating the Disease

Treatment Types

There is no specific treatment your veterinarian has that kills Canine Coronavirus. What we try to do is support the pup until its own immune system conquers the virus. We do this by correcting the dehydration that accompanies all severe diarrhea. If the puppy can drink, Pedialite is a good oral liquid to give them. If they are sicker, the fluids need to be given intravenously or subcutaneously.

For The Diarrhea and Vomiting

Seek the advice of a licensed Veterinarian for appropriate medications.

Antibiotic Protection

Antibiotics do not destroy Coronavirus. We often, however, give them to give the pup to protect from other bacteria that may attack its weakened system.

For General Support

Chilled puppies need additional sources of heat such as a heating pad or heat lamp. Many of these puppies have internal parasites that complicate the disease. If Protozoa is detected in fecal samples, puppies are placed on Metronidazole (Flagyl). If hookworms are detected, the pup is wormed with Pyrantel Pamoate. Puppies are typically left to heal their intestines for 2 days, before given food by mouth. Food is then given to them in frequent small amounts of a bland intestinal diet.