another reason fostering is important? CIRDC.
Canine infectious respiratory disease complex. It is a syndrome of diseases that are of significant concern in any multi-dog setting. The appropriate treatment and containment practices needed to address a CIRDC incident will vary considerably based on the specific agents involved. In many cases identifying the agents involved is not possible; therefore, a prevention strategy is the key to tackling CIRDC in a shelter setting. It is common to use the term “kennel cough”, “infectious tracheobronchitis” and variations on “canine infectious respiratory disease complex” interchangeably. However, this is an overly simplistic view of a complicated syndrome. Disease is not limited to the trachea, nor does it always manifest as coughing. Clinical signs of CIRDC may include sneezing, nasal and ocular discharge, and sometimes lower respiratory and/or systemic disease. As with other infectious conditions in shelter animals, strategies for prevention of CIRDC rely on supporting the animal’s ability to ward off disease and reducing the level of environmental contamination. Important strategies to accomplish the first goal include vaccination, stress reduction, and prevention of airway irritation (e.g. by minimizing barking and by cleaning in such a way that airborne irritants are reduced). The latter goal is accomplished through reduction of crowding, effective sanitation, and maintenance of good air quality. Although we cannot control what specific pathogens affect a shelter or the age of the animals within a shelter, we CAN control our ability to provide optimal care to shelter animals, thereby reducing the likelihood of CIRDC infection. Crowding, with its associated stress, is undoubtedly the single greatest risk factor for severe respiratory (and other) disease outbreaks in shelter populations. One study showed that each day in a shelter increased the risk of CIRDC by 3%. If you read this all way through thank you, this means a lot to me and i know it means a lot to these pups.