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Canine respiratory disease in New Hampshire
You may have seen reports in newspapers or on the news about a mysterious respiratory disease in New Hampshire. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC) is a general term for a variety of viral and bacterial infectious agents that can lead to respiratory disease in dogs. It is often referred to as kennel cough. Many of these causes are mild and self-limiting, and then there are others that we have vaccines available. But this new respiratory disease does not seem to be caused by the typical known viruses or bacteria and is sometimes less responsive to typical treatments for the more common respiratory diseases. There have also been reports that some cases may progress to pneumonia. First of all, we don’t know as much as we would like at this point and we are not even sure if it is a bacterial cause or a viral cause but these are the most likely. Second, many of these cases may be very mild and self-limiting. We will provide you with updated information once we know more.
Until then we would recommend that you follow these basic steps in order to reduce the chance of your dog getting infected as well as what to do if you are worried your dog may have gotten infected.