At Apple Creek Kennel we continuously look for ways to make sure all the dogs spending time with us stay healthy and happy.

After our area’s seasonal respiratory illness outbreak in the fall of 2019, we wanted to make sure we are doing all we can to keep our canine friends healthy. We asked ourselves: How can we be more proactive? How can we be even better?
We researched. We took a close look at our operational protocols and policies. We sought the advice of our local veterinarians. After receipt of over 35 written responses to our questionnaire plus numerous supporting letters, documents & links, we sincerely applaud the response we received from our veterinarian community. Thank you!

We’d like to share information about Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC) with you.

CIRDC: Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex is sometimes known as Canine or Kennel Cough


  • Highly contagious canine respiratory illness
  • Multiple viral and bacterial pathogens work alone or together to cause infection
  • Vaccines can protect dogs from several pathogens contributing to the illness but they do not offer 100% protection
  • The vaccine’s job is to reduce the severity of illness and lower the chance it develops into pneumonia
  • The pathogens can be spread through the air (sneezed or coughed), through direct contact (dog to dog) or via fomites (objects such as bowls, toys, beds, blankets, people, etc)


  • Coughing – a harsh dry hacking cough or sometimes a quiet ‘huffing’ sort of noise often followed by a gagging noise
  • Phlegm - after the gagging noise it may look like the dog is going to vomit but they only produce a puddle of foamy phlegm or maybe nothing at all. The phlegm is actually a good thing as it represents a productive cough
  • Nasal Discharge – discharge may develop on or around the dog’s nose. It may be clear or become yellowish to green. Note: A dog who is constantly licking his nose may indicate nasal discharge. You just don’t see it because the dog is constantly wiping it away
  • Sneezing and ocular (eye) discharge may occur
  • Some dogs may seem lethargic and unwell but most remain active and continue to eat and drink normally during their illness

Apple Creek Policies

  • ACK has implemented a four page protocol in regard to CIRDC. Staff is trained to understand the illness, how to identify symptoms and what to do if illness is suspected
  • Dogs diagnosed with or exhibiting symptoms of canine cough are not allowed to join us at ACK until they have been symptom free for 14 days. Also, if medications were prescribed all doses must be completed prior to returning to ACK.
  • All bordetella vaccinations given after Feb 15, 2020 must meet the following criteria:

    • ACK requires an intranasal Bordetella vaccination be given either prior to a current expiration date or if Bordetella vaccination has expired a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival.

    • An Oral or SubQ (injectable) vaccine is acceptable if given prior to a current expiration date or a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival. These vaccines must be updated every 12 months.

    • ACK recommends the intranasal Bordetella vaccination contain a parainfluenza vaccine & adenovirus-2 vaccine. By protecting your pet from these 3 common Canine Cough agents rather just 1 you can reduce the chance of infection. While distemper combo vaccines such as DHPP or DAPP also contain protection from parainfluenza & adenovirus1 & sometimes adenovirus 2 – studies have found the live intranasal form of the vaccine provides quicker & more complete protection. Please discuss options with your veterinarian to make the best choice for your pet.