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Kennel Cough is in Season all Year for our Canine Companions
Date:10/31/2013

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the holiday season approaches more and more dogs will be boarding at veterinary clinics boarding facilities or pet resorts, or traveling with other dogs or visiting family and friends with dogs. This increased interaction outside of the home puts those dogs at risk for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), or kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease. The disease is spread by air and by dogs in close contact with other dogs, so kennel cough can be transmitted anywhere and at any time of the year, even during the winter months.

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Vaccinating against CIRD is an important step in reducing the risk of disease. As pet owners start to make holiday travel plans, veterinarians remind pet owners that CIRD is transferred through the air, which can facilitate transmission between doggie friends. Because the likelihood of catching CIRD increases when dogs are in close proximity to other dogs, public areas such as the groomer, obedience classes and boarding facilities are places where kennel cough can spread quickly.  Even dogs traveling with their owner can be exposed to new dogs and contract CIRD.

"Kennel cough (CIRD) is not a life threatening disease, but many dogs are exposed and at risk on a day to day basis if they are around other dogs," said Michael Paul, DVM. "The disease is in large part preventable by using a CIRD vaccine.  Recently  a new  easily administered oral vaccine was introduced and has been shown to be highly effective."

If your dog is at risk of catching CIRD, vaccinating is a good idea to help keep your pet healthy.
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