The common cold is a highly contagious disease which usually affects only cats. However, this year, a new strain of the illness has been reported to have infected humans. The name of the disease is CoVID or canine equivalent of seasonal flu. This is not a strain of the common cold but a novel one.
In dogs, the CoVID is activated when it senses any signs of illness in another. In cats, the CoVID is activated only when it senses body heat. This is a very simple and accurate test and the signs of illness are easily picked up by the pet. However, it has been found that many animals fail to pick up the signs of illness even when the disease is present. Therefore, they remain healthy. To keep your pet free from this uncomfortable disease, teach him or her to “go green” at home.
What is CoVID? CoVsid is a strain of a virus that affects cats and dogs. Like most viruses, the CoVID affects the respiratory tract by damaging and shutting down some of its normal functions. The CoVID virus is normally found in the lungs, in the lining of the mouth, the nose and in the intestines. The CoVID virus is able to mutate into various strains as it multiplies in the environment. Although scientists have not yet isolated the CoVID isolate, they have isolated several of its subtypes.
How does the CoVID get into the body? The CoVID is transmitted to susceptible animals through secretions of the salivary glands, which are found in the nasal passages and on and in the intestines. These secretions then travel to areas where they are ingested by the animals. If the animal’s immune system is weak, the CoVID will be successfully transmitted into the body. In most of the cases, weak immunity is a result of exposure to a major illness such as cancer or severe diarrhea.
What are the symptoms of CoVID? Mild symptoms usually go undetected and unreported, except in cats where CoVID can lead to severe illnesses. In most dogs, the CoVID is identified when the animals develop a chronic cough that refuses to go away despite repeated antibiotic treatments and normal saline treatments. Another common symptom is the production of mucus from the airways, which can be detected if the dog is standing, sniffing the ground or moving around.
Can my dog get CoVID? The majority of the cases of CoVID in dogs are generally caused by genetics. If you have a close relative who has had CoVID, there is a high chance that your dog could contract the disease as well. There are also chances of contracting CoVID through infected objects like toys and other items commonly used by the pets. Furthermore, if your pet contacts an infected person who has CoVID, there is a risk of catching the disease as well.
How is the CoVID diagnosed? A thorough examination of the affected animal is required in order to determine its condition. An x-ray will help in determining whether there are any signs of lung infection, lung damage or fluid build-up in the chest. Biopsies of lungs and duodenum will further assist the vet in determining the cause of the CoVID. Through an examination of the animal’s abdomen, the vet will be able to identify the precise location of the CoVID reflex.
How is the CoVID treated? There are several medications that can help ease the symptoms of CoVID. These include conventional therapy and steroids. In addition to medications, surgery may be required if the CoVID has become irreversible. However, treatment should only be done if the CoVID has been identified early on, otherwise, the pet might just be uncontrollable.