Controlling Canine Coronavirus With Diarrhea Medication

Canine coronavirus is a viral infection that affects both puppies and dogs. The coronavirus is highly contagious and can appear in mild, almost undetectable form to very severe cases requiring intravenous fluids and possible stays at the veterinary hospital. Coronavirus is similar to the parvovirus but is less likely to result in death. It is typically accompanied with lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting and no interest in food. In most cases, your dog can be treated at home, simply allowing the virus to run its course while providing supportive care. Supportive care includes ensuring proper hydration and using anti-diarrheal medication.

Using Anti-diarrheal Medication to Treat Coronavirus

Use of anti-diarrheal medication helps to stop the progression of dehydration in a dog infected with the coronavirus. Consult your veterinarian for proper dosing to avoid causing constipation.

  • Imodium AD is an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal available in both liquid and tablet form.
  • Kaopectate is also available in both liquid and tablet form. It can be found in pet supply stores as Kao-Pec.
  • Pepto-Bismol can also be used to control upset stomach and diarrhea. It is available in both liquid and tablet form.

Because coronavirus is incurable, providing supportive care is the best way of helping your dog's body fight the infection. By providing proper hydration and using anti-diarrheal medication, your dog's body can fight the virus and return to good health in 2 to 10 days.