You may have seen recent news stories or posts about a “mysterious outbreak of canine infectious respiratory syndrome” in dogs. We’re closely monitoring the situation, including the guidance and information provided by professional veterinary organizations.

Outbreaks of canine infectious respiratory disease are not uncommon and happen from time to time in the dog population. There are numerous pathogens that can cause respiratory disease in dogs that are primarily transmitted through the air by respiratory droplets when dogs breathe, especially when they cough.

It can be difficult to isolate the pathogen causing outbreaks. Symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, nasal and/or eye discharge, loss of appetite, and lethargy.  

Here are a few things you can do to protect your pet:

  • Ensure dogs are up to date on vaccinations, including canine influenza, Bordetella, and parainfluenza.
  • Reduce your pet’s exposure by limiting commingling with other dogs outside the home (including dog parks, boarding, grooming, and playgroups).
  • Consult with your veterinarian if your dog starts coughing or becomes ill. Early diagnostics may help in getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
    • If your dog becomes ill or presents symptoms, keep them at home to avoid exposure to other dogs.  

Dog owners should contact their veterinarian with additional questions or for more information.