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New Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Outbreak

As many of our dog owners have heard, there have been reports of a new respiratory disease affecting dogs over the past few weeks in Oregon, Colorado, California, and other states across America. In this article, our Anaheim veterinarians would like to keep you informed by discussing everything we know about this disease outbreak so far.

What is causing this outbreak?

This respiratory disease is being referred to as Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (aCIRD). Regular CIRD encompasses the disease that is commonly referred to as kennel cough and has a variety of known causes, including the Canine Parainfluenza virus, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Canine Respiratory Coronavirus, Canine Pneumovirus, Canine Influenza virus, Streptococcus Zooepidemicus, and Mycoplasma.

Recent testing has determined that the cause is likely to be a bacterium. Scientists are still trying to isolate a specific bacterium and tests are ongoing. According to all reports, the development of a vaccine may take years.

Protecting Your Dog From This Disease

Limiting dog-to-dog contact is the best and most realistic way to prevent the spread of this disease. Keep your dog up to date on vaccines, including but not limited to Bordetella, Parainfluenza, and Canine Influenza, depending on your pet’s lifestyle. Isolate sick dogs at home for 28 days after the first onset of illness.

Symptoms of aCIRD include coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge, and lethargy. If your pet begins showing any of these signs, please contact a veterinarian immediately.

If you believe your dog has been exposed, quarantine them at home for 14 days to monitor them for the development of clinical symptoms. Utilize a disinfectant that is effective against viruses and other harder-to-kill pathogens, such as freshly formulated bleach or accelerated hydrogen peroxide products.

Assure surfaces in your house are clean before use. Always read disinfectant labels and follow instructions carefully. Disinfect thoroughly and often.

Are humans or other pets at risk? 

At this point in time, there have been no reports of similar illnesses in other animal species or humans. It is important to remember that this is not a plague spreading across the nation, so there is no reason to panic. 

Ask your veterinarian about respiratory disease vaccinations and the best ways for you to keep your dog safe.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.

Are you concerned that your dog may have a respiratory disease or have been exposed to an infected dog? Please contact our Anaheim veterinarians or a vet in your area right away.

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