AVMA news
december 7, 2023

As of early December, cases of canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) have been seen by veterinarians in multiple states. The exact number remains unknown as requirements for veterinarians to report CIRDC to their state animal health officials are highly variable. Further hampering reporting is that several bacteria and viruses can contribute to CIRDC, and that, by the time a dog does get tested, if the causative agent is a virus, it may have already passed the point of being detectable.

So, while nationwide numbers are not known, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Oregon officials are working with state and federal veterinary diagnostic laboratories to determine the underlying cause or causes.

Preventing Respiratory Illness in Your Dog

To protect your dog from respiratory illnesses this holiday season, here are six helpful tips:

  • Keep your dog’s vaccinations for Bordetella, parainfluenza and canine influenza up to date.
  • Avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs and dogs who appear to be ill.
  • Steer clear of the dog park, especially if respiratory illnesses have been diagnosed in your community.
  • Consider alternatives to the boarding kennel for your dog during the holiday travel season.
  • Learn to count your dog’s respiratory rate. A rate greater than 40 breaths per minute indicate the need to go to the emergency room.
  • See your veterinarian if your dog develops signs of a respiratory illness.

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