Introduction to aCIRDC

Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (aCIRDC), otherwise known as “kennel cough”, is a canine-specific illness with no breed predisposition stemming from the formerly established Canine Infection Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC). aCIRDC presents almost identically to CIRDC with symptoms such as nasal/ocular discharge, lingering cough, gum discoloration, and lethargy. It deviates from its predecessor in that it persists for at least six to eight weeks, displays resistance to typical treatment, and has the potential to evolve into chronic pneumonia. Wag! understands that your pet’s safety is a priority, which is why we encourage Pet Parents and Pet Caregivers alike to educate themselves on reported symptoms and prevention.

Tips on Prevention/Precautions

Some tips recommended by veterinarians and the Wag! community for a more safety-conscious environment include:

  • Avoiding contact with other dogs
  • Ensuring your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian
  • Contacting your veterinarian if your dog begins to exhibit any of the clinical signs of aCIRDC
  • Avoiding communal food or water bowls
  • Reducing time spent in public parks or boarding facilities
  • Keeping any common areas, surfaces and toys disinfected using an EPA-registered disinfectant product
  • Quarantining any new canine adoptees for 14 days, allowing potential developing symptoms to present themselves

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