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Understanding and Responding to the Recent Respiratory Illness Outbreak

Pet parents, there's an important health alert for our four-legged friends! A respiratory illness, identified as "Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease" (aCIRD), is currently affecting dogs in California and other states. This blog aims to provide vital information about the symptoms, risks, and preventive measures to safeguard our beloved pets.


What is aCIRD? aCIRD is a respiratory illness similar to kennel cough. It's currently impacting dogs across several states, including California. While the exact cause (virus or bacteria) remains unidentified, it presents with symptoms akin to classic respiratory illnesses in dogs. According to the Los Angeles County of Public Health, there have been numerous "reports from veterinarians of dogs that have respiratory illness but tested negative on the respiratory panel that tests for common viruses and bacteria seen in dogs with similar symptoms".


Symptoms to Watch For:

  • Persistent coughing, which may include retching or gagging.

  • Sneezing, along with eye discharge and/or a runny nose.

  • Lethargy and a noticeable reduction in appetite.

  • In severe cases, symptoms may escalate to fever, pneumonia, and dehydration.

Transmission and Risks:

  • The disease spreads among dogs, especially in communal spaces like dog parks, shelters, and daycares.

  • Although rare, there have been instances of fatalities.

  • Dogs showing severe symptoms may need antibiotics and supportive care.

Preventive Measures:

Dealing with the Illness:

The health and safety of our pets are paramount. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, we can help mitigate the spread of this illness. Let's work together to ensure the well-being of our furry family members. Stay vigilant and keep those tails wagging!


Remember, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and staying updated with the latest information from veterinary health experts is crucial. Keep your vet's contact handy and don't hesitate to reach out if you notice any concerning symptoms in your dog. Stay safe!

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