Dog Diseases - Canine Hepatitis

Dog Canine Hepatitis This is caused by Canine Adenovirus Type I and is a highly contagious viral disease transmitted only to dogs. Ingestion of saliva, urine or faeces of infected dogs is the main route by which the infection is spread.

Common symptoms of hepatitis are fever, loss of appetite, depression and coughing. These may be accompanied by symptoms of liver disease (jaundice, vomiting) and in severe cases, hematomas in the mouth.

Vaccination is highly effective in preventing canine hepatitis.

There is no cure for hepatitis, but most infected dogs recover after a period on their own, during which time the symptoms are treated. Unless the environment is thoroughly disinfected, CAV-1 can survive for months.