Baltimore County Animal Services Reports Surge In 'Kennel Cough,' Urges Public To Adopt Healthy Dogs


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has reported a spike in cases of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), commonly known as "kennel cough," an ailment affecting dogs' respiratory systems.

The uptick in CIRD cases aligns with a broader trend across multiple regional animal services programs. To curb the disease's spread, BCAS is encouraging the public to adopt or foster healthy dogs from their facility. Common symptoms of the illness include sneezing, runny eyes, and a cough that intensifies during physical activity.

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, the Director of Health and Human Services, stated that BCAS staff are implementing stringent measures to contain the disease. These measures include quarantining symptomatic animals and providing appropriate medical treatments. Enhanced sanitation and handling protocols have also been implemented for staff and volunteers at the center.

Factors like seasonal changes and shelter overcrowding often contribute to an increase in respiratory infections among dogs. Baltimore County's shelter has been over capacity since the start of the year, exacerbating the likelihood of disease transmission.

For pet owners who adopt or foster new dogs, BCAS advises a two-week isolation period. During this time, newly adopted or fostered dogs should be kept separate from other pets in the household to reduce the risk of spreading contagious diseases.

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