A recent outbreak of the Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) in dogs has taken place in the Chicago and upper Midwest areas. Many of the dogs with this illness have been tested positive for Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), which has been identified to be one of the causes of CIRD. These illnesses can be spread very easily through dog-to-dog contact, objects that have been contaminated, or simply through the air. One of the easiest symptoms to notice is a persistent dry cough and/or “honking” sound from your dog’s throat. Other symptoms include: coughing up of a foamy white phlegm, lethargy (unwillingness to play/interact), rapid breathing, fever, lack of appetite, and coughing lasting more than several days. Dogs can appear healthy in some cases as well, except for the coughing.
If you notice your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, try to keep your dog away from other animals and places such as dog parks, doggie daycares or groomer - and contact your veterinarian. If your dog is healthy, avoid going to areas where you know the illness is active. You can also talk to your veterinarian about the Canine Influenza and Bordetella vaccines and determine if they are appropriate for your dog.