The New Mystery Canine Respiratory Illness

Veterinarians nationwide are seeing an increase in the new canine infectious respiratory disease. Predominately in Portland, Oregon, The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has received over 200 reports of atypical canine infectious respiratory disease from local veterinarians. Currently, there are no known cases in upstate New York.

While the cause of this new respiratory disease is still unknown, veterinarians suspect this is a viral disease since the administration of antibiotics doesn’t seem to resolve the illness.

As pet owners, here are symptoms to watch for:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Labored breathing
  • Nose or eye discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite

Respiratory diseases are commonly spread through direct contact, water droplets from sneezing and coughing, or via fomites. Follow the below tips to reduce the risk of canine respiratory exposure.

  • Keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date for Bordetella, parainfluenza, and canine influenza.
  • Avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs in public areas such as dog parks or grooming facilities.
  • Consider alternatives to boarding facilities.

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call your primary care veterinarian. In an emergency, please contact our hospital at 518-783-3198 before bringing your pet to our facility.

Additional Helpful Resources:

Cornell Richard P. Riney Canine Health Center

AVMA News