Infectious Canine Hepatitis is a contagious disease found worldwide. This acute liver infection affects domestic dogs as well as foxes, wolves, bears, coyotes and other carnivores.
It is spread through feces, urine, saliva and nasal discharge of infected animals. It enters through the mouth or nose where it reproduces on the tonsils and spreads from there.
Signs can be a slight fever, lethargy, mucous membrane congestion, tender abdomen, jaundice, vomiting.
Many dogs recover with treatment for the symptoms, but it can remain in the urine for up to a year and in the environment for months.
You can prevent Infectious Canine Hepatitis by vaccinating your dog. Check with your vet as to the duration of immunity.