There has been an elevated number of canine respiratory cases in Colorado, along with Oregon, Florida and New Hampshire that are seeing a similar pattern of symptoms.

The cases are presenting with prolonged coughing which can last weeks to months with minimal response to treatment. Some cases have progressed to contracting pneumonia and have required hospitalization.

Some diagnostics have been completed, but there has not been any conclusive testing to indicate what may be causing the increased prevalence of this respiratory disease.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture is working with partners from Colorado State University (CSU), Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the USDA and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to coordinate on the situation.

Information for Pet Owners:

CSU has published these current recommendations for keeping dogs safe.

  • Keep vaccines updated: Ensuring dogs are up to date with vaccinations is critical. While the existing vaccines may not specifically target this unknown infection, maintaining overall health through routine vaccinations can help support a dog’s immune system in combating various infections. Avoid bringing a dog into the community until two weeks after the last dose of a vaccine and immunity has developed.
  • Watch them closely: CSU veterinarians advise pet owners to monitor their dogs closely for progressive coughing that may be accompanied by signs of ocular or nasal discharges and sneezing.
  • Consult your veterinarian: If these clinical signs develop, consult your veterinarian immediately, particularly if your dog concurrently loses its appetite, has trouble breathing, is coughing continually or is extremely lethargic.
  • Avoid voluntary gatherings of dogs: For the time being, it would be prudent to avoid dog parks and other social events where your dog could have contact with dogs of unknown vaccination or health status. If boarding, day care, or grooming are required, complete the vaccinations described above before attending.

Visit the CSU website for more information and recommendations.

If there are any questions or if you are noticing any of the symptoms listed above, give us a call at (970) 879-5273