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Other Systems

This is an other system condition.

Recurrent Inflammatory Pulmonary Disease, RIPD

What is RIPD?

Recurrent Inflammatory Pulmonary Disease (RIPD) is thought to occur due to a dysfunction in immune cells leading to systemic inflammation, predominantly seen in the lungs.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Affected dogs may present with recurrent respiratory infections, shallow breathing, coughing, nasal discharge, and fever. Affected dogs may respond well to therapy with antibiotics and other medications, but they tend to relapse quickly.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

The clinical signs may start as early as at a few days of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Diagnosis is made based on clinical history, examination which may include radiographs (x-rays), genetic testing, and ruling out other causes of similar symptoms.

How is this condition treated?

While there is no cure for RIPD, the secondary respiratory infections can most often be treated by the proper antibiotic(s). It is very important to bring affected dogs to the veterinarian promptly if the dogs exhibit signs of a respiratory infection so they can be treated quickly.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Carefully monitor your dog for signs of a respiratory infection including: coughing, nasal discharge, fever, noisy breathing, and increased respiratory rate or effort.
  • Seek immediate veterinary care if respiratory distress and/or cyanotic (blue) gums are observed.