Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC)

Key Facts

Signs of disease can be:
• Mild, e.g. cough, sneeze, ocular (eye) and nose discharge, fever, lack of
appetite, occasional vomiting
• Progressive, i.e. begin as mild signs that rapidly worsen
• Severe, such as pneumonia complicated with bacterial infection

Disease can spread rapidly to other dogs, and outbreaks can occur. This is a
particular concern for dogs in group settings (e.g. dog shows, boarding, doggie
daycare, dog parks) that have increased dog-to-dog contact.
Flu vaccines are available. These can lessen disease severity and reduce virus
Some strains (types) of flu can be spread to and cause disease in other species
including people.

CIRDC fact sheet

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Health & Welfare
2023 Committee

Jane Yates, Chair
Karen Rooks Nauer
Bunita Eichelberger DVM
Roxann Campbell
Kyle Kruger
Dannie Lee
Tiffany Harvey-Cessna
Christine Bailey
Melanie Shufran
Meghan Bodie
Carrie Ensrud
Leita Estes
Janice Price DVM
Belinda Venner
Jami Meath
Sarah Daley
Janet Chandler
Debbie King
Denise Avery
LJ Utterback
Mariana Byndloss DVM
Jennifer Tanner DVM
Peyton Svagerko

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