After many cases of an infectious dog sickness were detected in South Florida, Animal Services issued a warning to pet owners. CIRDC is a highly infectious Disease that affects a dog’s respiratory system. It is also known as “kennel cough” or “canine cough.” According to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Disease is caused by a combination of viruses and bacteria, including the flu, and may be easily and swiftly transmitted from dog to dog.
Coughing, sneezing, nasal and ocular discharge, and trouble breathing are all symptoms of infection in dogs. There have been a lot of occurrences of CIRDC among canines in South Florida, according to Dr. Maria Serrano, a veterinarian with Animal Services. She advised dog owners to stay away from places where dogs congregate, such as dog parks and grooming salons.
“Avoid dog-to-dog interaction as well,” Serrano said. “Please don’t take them to a dog park if they’re having trouble breathing, sniffing, coughing, or anything like that.” Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris told WESH, “Take them to a vet and get some care.”
Direct contact with an infected dog and interaction with individuals who have been exposed to the virus are both ways for the virus to spread. The infection can be spread through people’s clothing, hands, and food/water bowls, collars/leashes, toys, and beds. Most disinfectants, handwashing with soap and water, normal garment laundering, and handwashing dishes and toys with soap and water will all destroy it. Some dog owners at Doral’s Trails and Tails Park stated they had never heard of CIRDC.