aCIRD Statement

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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.  There also have been news reports of similar outbreaks in dogs in other states over the past two years.

What is causing the outbreaks- This respiratory disease is being called Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (aCIRD).   A diagnosis requires the following:

  • Testing negative for known respiratory diseases on lab (Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR) tests
  • Respiratory disease with a prolonged duration (6-8 weeks) that is minimally or not responsive to antibiotics.
  • Chronic pneumonia that is minimally or not responsive to antibiotics
  • Acute pneumonia that rapidly becomes severe and leads to death in 24-36 hours.

Testing done at the University of New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has determined that the cause is possibly a bacterium.  Scientists are still trying to isolate a specific bacterium and tests are ongoing.

What to do to reduce risk – 

  • Isolate sick dogs at home for 28 days after the first onset of illness.
  • Quarantine exposed dogs at home for 14 days to monitor them for clinical signs.
  • 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 are clean before use. Always read disinfectant labels and follow instructions closely. Disinfect thoroughly and frequently.
  • If possible, keep your dog home, away from day care, boarding kennels, grooming facilities, and dog parks, if your dog is ill for any reason. 
  • Report cases to your veterinarian.

Human/Pet Owner concerns- So far during these outbreaks, there are no reports of similar illness in other animal species or in humans.

According to all reports development of a vaccine may take years.  Limiting dog-to-dog contact is the best and most realistic way to prevent spread.

Takeaways- If you have a concern that your dog has a respiratory disease or has been exposed to another dog with respiratory disease, please call our office for an appointment. (602) 840-3446

Dr. Serbin and the doctor team

Ingleside Animal Hospital