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Please take a moment to read this very important note regarding the recent outbreak of Canine Infection Respiratory Disease (CIRD).  Dr. Jason Olech from Chicagoland Mobile Veterinary Services and, the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, have recommended that dog owners take immediate, precautionary measures to prevent their dogs from exposure to Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) following an outbreak in Chicago.

To help protect the health and safety of all our beloved dogs, we are asking that visitors to the Animal Expo refrain from bringing their dogs to the Expo.  Although your dog(s) may not have or show any of the symptoms related to Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease we appreciate your cooperation following precautionary measures to keep all of our animals safe.  Hopefully these measures will not last very long and as soon as we have receive an all clear from our trusted veterinarians and animal professionals we will once again allow dogs to come visit the All Animal Expo.

Due to the high risk of canine influenza virus spreading from dog to dog, pet owners should not allow their dogs to either socialize with other dogs or participate in any group dog training activities. Pet owners are advised to not board their dogs at kennels and to avoid doggie day care, dog parks, and grooming facilities at this time.

Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if they see any of the following symptoms in their dog(s): persistent, hacking cough, lethargic behavior, a poor appetite, nasal discharge, trouble breathing, or a fever. Testing for canine influenza is available, and best results are obtained from samples taken very early in the onset of the illness. Sick dogs should be isolated from other animals.

In addition to the canine influenza virus being transmitted directly from dog to dog, the virus can live on hard surfaces and fabric materials making these items contaminated as well. To help minimize the spread of disease, it is also crucial that everyone should observe basic sanitation protocols, such as washing hands after touching animals or handling any items like food bowls, water bowls, toys, crates, and cages. These items should also be thoroughly cleaned.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “The canine influenza virus appears to be easily killed by disinfectants in common use in veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, and animal shelters.”