February 28, 2024

Shiv Telegram Media: Advisory on Increased Respiratory Infections Among Dogs in Santa Barbara County

County Public Health Issues Canine Health Advisory for Increase in Respiratory Infections Among Dogs

In a recent development, County Public Health has issued a canine health advisory due to a significant increase in respiratory infections among dogs. Veterinarians nationwide have reported a spike in cases, with a new respiratory illness known as “atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC)” making its presence felt.

The symptoms of atypical CIRDC include a persistent cough, eye or nasal discharge, fever, increased respiratory rate, lethargy, and loss of appetite. While it may start as a minor ailment, in some cases, atypical CIRDC can escalate into life-threatening pneumonia. As a result, dog owners are being strongly urged to take immediate action.

To prevent further spread, county officials advise pet owners to ensure that their dogs’ vaccinations are up to date. Additionally, it is crucial to minimize contact with other dogs, especially those displaying signs of illness. Regularly disinfecting animal areas with effective virus-fighting disinfectants will also help in curbing the transmission.

If a dog starts showing respiratory symptoms, it is recommended to isolate the animal and contact a veterinarian for testing within four days of the first signs. In case the dog experiences difficulty breathing or its temperature exceeds 105°F, immediate veterinary attention should be sought. Pet owners are advised to exercise caution and promptly consult a veterinarian if their pets exhibit respiratory distress, lethargy, or any other unusual symptoms.

Experts emphasize the importance of early detection and intervention in managing atypical CIRDC. Staying informed through reliable veterinary sources, such as the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s website, will provide assistance in understanding the latest updates and guidelines regarding this condition.

With the increased awareness and proactive measures, pet owners can effectively combat the rising cases of atypical CIRDC and protect their beloved companions.