For pet care providers, ensuring the health and well-being of the animals in their care is a top priority. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC), inappropriately called kennel cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can affect dogs, particularly those housed in close quarters with others. Understanding the signs and symptoms and taking preventive measures is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your canine customers.
What are the symptoms of CIRDC?
Similar to humans suffering from a cold or flu, dogs with CIRDC may exhibit the following symptoms:
It’s important to note that these symptoms may also be found in dogs experiencing seasonal allergies, as well as more serious conditions such as canine influenza or the canine distemper virus. However, in cases of CIRDC, dogs typically improve within 7-10 days with basic nursing care.
Preventing the spread of CIRDC
One of the most challenging aspects of preventing the spread of CIRDC is that infected dogs are sometimes at their most contagious before they exhibit symptoms. However, as a pet care services professional, there are several steps you can take to help reduce the risk of outbreaks at your facility:
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