Did you know that Canine Hepatitis is the "H" in DH(L)PP? Yeah... that weird shot your dog gets annually after 16 weeks of age? Now you do!
The virus spreads through blood, feces, urine, saliva, & those pesky sneezes with nasal discharge. If a health dog comes into contact with these bodily fluids from an infected dog, the virus immediately begins to replicate in the tonsils. The incubation period lasts 4-7 days, also affecting the liver & kidneys. The virus is in the Adenovirus Family & can last outside of the host for months in the right conditions. The Adenovirus that is shed through urine is most likely to last that amount of time. The symptoms include:
It is important to get your dogs checked annually & shots given ON time.
You can visit you local vets office, or even find fun local companies in your neighborhood pet shops.