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Kennel Cough Vaccination for Dogs

Kennel Cough Vaccination
Kennel Cough Vaccination


What is Bordetella (kennel cough)?

Kennel cough in dogs is a highly contagious  upper respiratory infection which can be caused by bacteria or a virus. The most common form of kennel cough is caused by the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica. Frequently kennel cough is caused by a combination of both bacteria and virus.

The symptoms of kennel cough are typically a hacking cough that ends in a gag. While kennel cough is annoying, the dogs do not typically seem ill and the symptoms resolve on their own.

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Your vet may prescribe an anti-biotic to prevent pneumonia and a cough suppressant if the cough is too bothersome to you or your dog. Healthy adult dogs can typically fight kennel cough off on their own. Very young, elderly, or animals with compromised immune systems should be treated aggressively.

How can my dog contract Bordetella or Kennel Cough?

It is passed amongst dogs like the common cold is passed amongst humans airborne such as being around an affected dog that sneezes and by contact such as sharing a water bowl at the dog bark.

About the Bordetella Vaccine:

The Bordetella vaccine protects against the bacterial infection. While some believe it lessens the symptoms of viral kennel cough, the vaccine is not labeled as such. The vaccine comes in two forms: an intranasal spray or an injection. The injection does sting, but is a good alternative for dogs who do not like the nasal drops. Both the intranasal and injection forms of the vaccine are highly effective for up to 12 months.


Does my dog need the Bordetella vaccine?

The Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine is recommended for dogs that frequently socialize with groups of other dogs. This includes dogs that go to obedience classes, dog shows, dog parks, doggy day-care, grooming facilities, and boarding facilities.

Not required if your dog stays at home and doesn't socialize with other dogs.

How often do I need to Vaccinate my dog against Kennel Cough?

Many of these facilities require the vaccine every 6-12 months and will require your veterinarian to verify that your pet has received the vaccine. If your dog is at low risk for exposure to upper respiratory disease, this is not an essential or core vaccination.

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