We’re continuing to track informal reports of canine infectious respiratory disease in a number of areas.  Click here for the latest version of our canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) map (December 17).

We’re still getting lots of reports of sick dogs in Edmonton and Calgary, both via cases reported through our survey for the map and through emails that I get from various people.

The cause of illness in these dogs is currently still unclear. There have been a few positive tests for canine parainfluenza virus (our most common cause of canine infectious respiratory disease) and Mycoplasma (something I’m not convinced is truly a primary cause of disease in dogs), but nothing consistent. Limited testing and testing late in disease affect our ability to figure out what’s really going on.

Nonetheless we are seeing some clustering around specific parks and some cases linked to groomers, which is not uncommon in situations like this.