An all too common condition we see at the clinic is Kennel Cough, a respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella Bronchiseptica. Kennel cough is a highly contagious sickness that is spread through the inhalation of the Bordetella bacteria. Most commonly this happens when dogs greet each other by touching noses, often at the dog park in larger congregations of pets. It runs along the same line as when “cold” season starts for us and we interact with one another, we take care to wash our hands more often, except Fido says hello with mucus membranes in his nose that contract Bordetella. Kennel cough is sometimes compared to a human “cold” because the animal experiences hacking coughs, sneezing, and runny nose. The animal may even become lethargic as well which raises the question of whether it could be something worse, as lethargy is typical of some serious diseases. And also, just like with humans it is important to note that what can start out as kennel cough may, in extreme cases, lead to much more chronic conditions such as pneumonia. This mild sickness usually clears up after three to four weeks with minimal treatment, but it may be beneficial to protect against it before your pet comes down with an irritating sickness.
Over all the benefit of protecting against kennel cough will add to the quality of life your pet already enjoys. Just like we humans need help protecting ourselves against sickness, our canine friends need help as well. This vaccine is a great, inexpensive measure you can take to ensure your pet is best protected. Most industry-standard shelters and boarding facilities require an up-to-date Bordetella vaccine record for the animal. In the Southwest region of the United States it is common to see facilities that require a vaccine every six months to be considered current by their in-house protocol. This is due to the dry climate making transmission easier between animals and the extra long period of outdoor activity a dog is likely to have here.
If you think your dog would benefit from being vaccinated against kennel cough come in and our Veterinarians will be able to assist you with the vaccine as well as give out a bit more information on how to protect against the disease at home. At Pet Doctor, we offer the oral form of the Bordetella vaccine so your pup doesn’t even have to get an injection!