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Upper Respiratory Infections in Dogs

Apr 10, 2015

Peoria Countys Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) Director Lauren Malmberg warns that the Greater Peoria area is currently experiencing a substantial increase of infectious respiratory disease in dogs. This disease, CIRD, is more commonly known as kennel cough. In addition, the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has been diagnosed in 89 dogs in the Chicago area. These diseases are highly contagious and all dogs are at risk when exposed; even those that exhibit no sign of illness may be carriers.

PCAPS, in conjunction with the Peoria County Veterinary Medical Association, advises dog owners be aware of any changes in their dogs health, and encourages dog owners to contact his or her veterinarian immediately if the dog shows any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent cough
  • Discharge from nose or eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing

Dog owners whose dog is coughing or displaying other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or take the dog to a location where other dogs may be exposed to the virus, including dog parks, doggie daycares, groomers, or kennels. For more information about these illnesses and advice on pet care, contact a veterinarian. 

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