If you live in the Chicagoland area and have a dog, please read this. 

Within the last several weeks, over 1,000 cases of dogs becoming infected with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) have broken out in the Chicago area.  CIRD has been linked to the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV).  The outbreak has resulted in five known deaths.  CIRD is very contagious, and it is possible that this outbreak could also pose a threat to dogs living in the northern part of Indiana.

The disease can be spread by direct dog-to-dog contact or through contact with infected items such as toys, water bowls, kennels, grooming materials and other items. The virus can live for more than 24-hours on inanimate objects and is also airborne.
It’s important to know that dogs may be contagious even if they are not showing symptoms. The time that the dogs are contagious begins several days before they begin showing symptoms and for a couple of weeks after the symptoms disappear. Unfortunately, some infected dogs never show symptoms but are capable of spreading CIRD.
If your dog has any of the following symptoms, please contact your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.
·       A persistent cough or a cough that lasts more than a few days (This is the most common symptom)
·       Lethargy
·       Loss of appetite
·       Vomiting
·       Discharge from the eyes or nose
There is a vaccination for Canine Influenza Virus.  We urge you to talk with your veterinarian to determine if the vaccine is appropriate for your dog.

Keep your dog healthy.

Cheryl Sabens

Ashford Manor Labradoodles

Non-shedding, allergy friendly, family dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs