The most recognizable sign of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease is a honking cough. It can also sound like retching or gagging that gets worse with exercise. Not all dogs will have a cough. Other signs include sneezing, a runny nose or eyes, or fever.
Keep dogs safe from respiratory illness by:
- Making sure all dogs are up-to-date on all their vaccines. These include canine influenza, Bordetella and parainfluenza. Ask your vet about which vaccinations your dog may need.
- Keeping sick dogs at home if you notice a runny nose, cough, fever, or loss of appetite.
- Consulting with your vet about any symptoms of illness!
- Reducing contact with sick dogs.
- Avoiding communal water bowls shared by other dogs.
- Consulting with your vet before bringing your dog to events or locations with other dogs. This includes dog parks, boarding facilities, or special events with other dogs.
- Reducing contact with large numbers of unknown dogs. The more contacts your dog has, the greater the risk of meeting a dog that’s infectious.