ACIRDC Statement

Recent, alarming news stories have circulated about a condition being referred to as Atypical Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (ACIRDC) or similar acronyms.  This appears to be a highly contagious syndrome that spreads rapidly within a region then tapers off within several weeks.  The dogs show symptoms consistent with “Kennel Cough,” and most recover within a few weeks though some continue coughing periodically for months. Fatalities are uncommon but have been seen. Tests in some cases reveal known causes for canine respiratory infections, and in other cases nothing is found.  Response to various treatments has been inconsistent and unpredictable.  Researchers have not identified any consistent causative organisms.  In fact, most experts are not fully convinced that this is actually a new disease.

The situation has been complicated by the regional nature of the syndrome (for example, it has been reported in Colorado and Oregon but not Wyoming or other regional states).  We have not seen an unusual rise in respiratory infections in the Coachella Valley as of mid-December, 2023.  It’s normal to see a few cases of respiratory infections, however, so it may be hard to tell whether this “new” condition is being seen.

A few things you can do to reduce your dog’s risk of catching “ANY” infectious disease:

  • Avoid taking it to any place where unfamiliar dogs congregate, such as: Dog shows, dog parks, boarding kennels, dog day cares, and grooming salons where dogs are allowed to mingle.
  • Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations against Canine Distemper, Canine Influenza, and Bordetella/ Parainfluenza if appropriate for their health status.
  • If your dog shows signs of excessive coughing, sneezing, a change in breathing or discharge from the eyes and/or nose, DO NOT take it somewhere other dogs might be exposed.
  • If you take your dog to your vet with these signs, please make sure they are aware of the symptoms even if they are not the main reason for your visit.

Here is a link to a good online reference that will be updated as more information becomes available: