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What you need to know about Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)

The vaccine for CIRD (bordetella), like the flu shot is not a guarantee that your dog will not contract CIRD

What is CIRD?

· Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease is the medical term for “Canine Cough”

· This is the most common upper respiratory infection of dogs of all ages

· It is recognized by a persistent hacking or honking, gagging, sometimes spasmodic cough

· CIRC can last for days or weeks if left untreated

Which of these situations apply to your dog?

Any one of these common situations can put your dog at increased risk for CIRD

· Dog park visits     · Vet visits     · Grooming     · Day Care     · Boarding

· Multi-dog households     · Daily walks or contact with other dogs

· Chronic heart or lung disease     · Commercial transport

· Recent adoption from shelter, rescue, or pet store environment

What Causes CIRD?

CIRD can be caused by various virus and bacteria acting alone or in combination.

These include:

· Bordetella bronchiseptica, the bacteria most often isolated in dogs with CIRD, is widely present in dogs

· Canine parainfluenza virus (CPIV)

· Canine adenovirus-2 (CAV-2)

Is Your Dog at Risk?

Yes, all dogs are at risk for CIRD.

Here’s why:

· CIRD is easily transmitted when dogs cough or come in contact with each other or with contaminated                surfaces

· All dogs participating in day care or boarding services at All Dogs Rule are required to be vaccinated for            Bordetella.

· Young dogs are at greater risk for CIRD.

How is CIRD diagnosed?

· Veterinarians usually rely on visible signs of disease, specifically the characteristic honking or gagging cough.    In addition, veterinarians may conduct laboratory tests, including bacterial culture, to aid in the diagnosis.

· A positive response to antibiotics is also an indication of Bordetella infection.

How is CIRD treated?

· Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotic therapy.

· If your dog needs help resting, cough suppressants may also be recommended, but you do want to make sure your dog is able to have a “productive” cough to help break up any fluids in the lungs.

· Subcutaneous fluids may be given to keep your dog hydrated.

How does All Dogs Rule handle cases of CIRD?

  • If your pup contracts CIRD while in YOUR care, the policy at All Dogs Rule is to wait 10 days from the time your dog’s symptoms cease before returning to daycare or boarding, assuming he or she is on the expected course of recovery.


  • If your pup contracts CIRD while in OUR care, we will notify you immediately.  We will isolate your dog from the general population until you can pick him/her up.


  • If deemed necessary or upon your request we will take your pet to the local veterinary office for an evaluation and treatment.*


  • We ask that you please contact your vet for his or her opinion before returning as well. This is due to the contagious nature of the bacteria.


  • We appreciate your understanding. Our policies are driven by the priority we place on the overall health and wellness of all the dogs in our care.


*An additional fee will apply.

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