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Discussing The Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC) That Is Affecting Dogs Across The U.S. In The Winter Of 2023

Winter has always been known as the cold & flu season. However, this usually only applies to people. This year (2023) it is applying to U.S. dogs. USA Today reports that hundreds of dogs in at least 15 states have contracted a mysterious respiratory illness. Reports show that this mystery illness has been spreading across the country since August and there have been no signs of it slowing down. 

This article will discuss everything we know so far about this mysterious illness affecting dogs across the country. Here we will discuss the various symptoms, what states have reported the illness, how the illness spreads, and what you can do to protect your dog. 

Full Disclosure

Here at Top Dog Pet Sitting, we are pet professionals when it comes to pet sitting & pet care. However, we are not a medical institute, nor are we veterinary professionals. The information presented in this article comes from veterinary professionals like A.V.M.A. (American Veterinary Medical Association) and various news sources like NBC News and NPR. 

Visual representation of a virus

Visual representation of a virus

An Illness With No Name

The illness that is currently affecting dogs across the U.S. does not yet have a name. Veterinarians report that this illness resembles Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (a.k.a. Kennel Cough). There is still not enough information about the illness to determine where it came from, why it’s affecting dogs now, and how to stop it. All veterinarians can do for now is simply treat the symptoms. 

What Are The Symptoms

The symptoms of this mystery illness are similar to that of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (a.k.a Kennel Cough). These symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, fever, lethargy, eye/nasal discharge, weight loss, loss of appetite, dehydration, chronic pneumonia, and inflammation of the trachea and bronchial airways. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. 

What States Are Affected

At the time of writing this article (12/7/23) there are a total of 15 states that have reported cases of this mystery dog illness. Those states include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. If you live in any of the aforementioned states, then we suggest keeping your dog at home to lower chances of exposure. 

How Does It Spread?

There is still much we don’t know about this illness. What we do know is that it causes chronic respiratory problems. Therefore, it is most likely spread through close contact and breathing in the same air as an infected animal. This was reported by the University of New Hampshire’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory senior veterinary pathologist, David Needle

A happy dog at home

A happy dog at home

How To Protect Your Dog

The best way to protect your dog from this mystery illness is to keep them at home. Avoid dog boarding facilities, dog kennels, and dog daycares. Keeping your dog isolated and away from other dogs is the safest option right now. However, there’s a good chance you have places to be and can’t spend all day at home with your dog. Instead of dog boarding, the safer option is to hire a professional pet sitter!

Keep Your Dog Safe By Hiring A Pet Sitter

Keeping your dog at home, isolated from other dogs, is the best way to keep them healthy and safe. But, your dog will still need potty breaks, regular feedings, playtime, and love. Your dog can have all these things when you hire a professional pet sitter!

When it comes to professional pet sitting, look no further than Top Dog Pet Sitting! We offer a wide variety of pet sitting services including in-home pet sitting, routine dog walking, and overnight stays. We service the Fort Worth, Benbrook, Aledo, and White Settlement, Texas areas. Click here to become a client today or give us a call at 817-249-9663