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Veterinarians across the U.S. report they are encountering a surge in the number of dogs presenting with acute respiratory infections, ranging from mild cases to life-threatening pneumonia.

While the diagnostic testing is often negative for known canine pathogens and the disease is reportedly nonresponsive to first-line antibiotics, it is not clear if this event is a novel pathogen or a well-known disease such as Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC, also known as “kennel cough”).

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) has issued a statement on the subject and is updating its recommendations as more information develops. While much is unknown about reported atypical CIRDC, basic disease control and treatment protocols as described in the below URL will help keep dogs safe and provide a roadmap for diagnosis and treatment.

Please bookmark this URL for immediate access to the latest updates: https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/2023/11/27/mysterious-respiratory-disease/

At this time, UFCVM and the FVMA recommend vigilance in identifying and segregating dogs with signs of respiratory illness.

Veterinarians may request a consultation with a UF specialist concerning any dog currently under their treatment by calling (352) 392-2235.

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