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Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease: Is your dog protected?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—The warmer days of spring and summer offer more outdoor fun for people and dogs alike. These warmer times also offer greater opportunity for dog-to-dog contact and the spread of Bordetella bronchiseptica, one of the most common causes of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD).
This highly contagious disease, also known as “kennel cough,” goes beyond the kennel. Your dog can pick up kennel cough anywhere: doggy day care, dog parks, you name it. Your dog can be infected even through just a brief contact.
Dry, hacking cough, retching and a watery nose can be signs your dog may have Bordetella. CIRD can affect dogs of any age and some can be infected before showing clinical signs. This can make diagnosis challenging, making it best to take preventative measures and reduce dog-to-dog contact.
Although this disease is treatable, prevention is the first line of defense. The veterinary team at The Pet Doctor reminds dog owners that prevention is easy and preferable to treatment.

Tips for prevention of Bordetella

• Avoid crowding and stress.

• Limit dog-to-dog contact.

• See us here at The Pet Doctor for a vaccination to provide protection both at home and away.

Contact The Pet Doctor to make an appointment for a risk assessment and more information on Bordetella and CIRD