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Understanding the Mysterious Canine Cough: Insights from the AVMA

In response to the growing alarm regarding a mysterious canine respiratory disease that is making national news, please do not panic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratory has been studying this canine respiratory disease complex since August 2022. Since then, it has been reported in the following states: Oregon, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, California, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Florida, and Georgia. It is recommended that all dogs maintain current on Canine Influenza and Bordetella with Parainfluenza immunization coverage. Keeping canine pets at home and avoiding nose-to-nose contact with other canines is recommended. This includes avoiding doggie daycares, dog parks, and even boarding and grooming if not necessary.

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The Rise of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC)

In recent months, veterinarians across the United States have been grappling with an alarming trend: a surge in cases of a mysterious canine cough. This respiratory illness, identified as the Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC), has raised concerns within the pet community and among veterinary professionals.

What We Know So Far about Canine Cough

  • Geographical Spread: Initially detected on the West Coast, CIRDC has now been reported in at least 14 states, including Georgia and Florida. The Oregon Department of Agriculture alone has registered over 200 case reports since mid-August.

  • Symptoms: The illness manifests as a severe respiratory disease, leading to prolonged cough and potentially developing into pneumonia.

  • Uncertain Numbers: Due to variable reporting requirements across states, the exact number of affected dogs remains unknown.

The AVMA's Response

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is actively monitoring the situation. AVMA President Rena Carlson has emphasized the importance of reporting cases to better understand and combat this illness.

For Pet Owners

As the investigation into the cause and treatment of CIRDC continues, pet owners are advised to remain vigilant. If you notice any signs of respiratory distress in your dog, such as persistent coughing or difficulty breathing, it is crucial to seek veterinary care immediately.

Looking Ahead

The veterinary community, in collaboration with state health officials, is working diligently to uncover more information about this mysterious canine cough. The AVMA is committed to providing updates and guidance as new information becomes available.

How You Can Help

  • Stay Informed: Regularly check updates from the AVMA and local veterinary authorities.

  • Report Symptoms: If your dog shows signs of respiratory illness, report it to your veterinarian.

  • Practice Good Hygiene: Maintain good hygiene practices with your pets to prevent the spread of any illness.

The emergence of CIRDC serves as a reminder of the importance of attentive pet care and the need for a proactive approach in addressing animal health concerns. The AVMA continues to be at the forefront, offering guidance and support to pet owners and veterinarians during this challenging time. Stay tuned for more updates as we work together to safeguard the health of our beloved canine companions, we ensure that your pets are our number one priority at Oasis Animal Hospital. If you have any questions, please give us a call 864-288-4000 or visit our website at

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