MVMA Statement on Canine Respiratory Illness

Adopted from the ABVMA and CVMA

The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) is aware of reports of a canine respiratory illness outbreak in several US states starting in August 2023. While there is limited information available on the number of cases and the cause of these illnesses, symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal and eye discharge, and lethargy.

It is important to note that non-specific respiratory illnesses in dogs are common, can occur in clusters, and can have various underlying contagious and non-contagious causes. Veterinarians are well-positioned to provide advice to animal owners and diagnose and treat dogs with respiratory illnesses.

The MVMA is not aware of any canine respiratory outbreaks in Manitoba and will continue to monitor the situation and share confirmed information as it becomes available.

What can pet owners do?

  • Do not panic
  • Limit your dog’s contacts, especially transient contacts with dogs of unknown health status
  • Keep your dog away from sick dogs
  • Talk to your veterinarian about vaccination against canine parainfluenza virus (CPIV) and Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • If your dog is ill and you are concerned, contact your veterinarian

Further information can be found here:

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