Thursday, September 4, 2014

The "Kennel Cough" Vaccine is for every dog!

If your dog likes to go for neighborhood walks, frequents the dog parks, visits the local doggy day care or gets bathed at the groomer, your dog needs a Bordetella vaccine every 6 months.  The vaccine against Bordetella is important to protect your dog against the hacking cough that is easily spread from dog to dog.

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterium associated with the upper respiratory infection and cough that is commonly called "Kennel Cough" or canine infectious tracheobronchitis.  The bacterium may also affect cats and rabbits.  Bordetella is easily transmitted though the air or direct contact.  It may also live in the environment for some time.  In puppies or adult dogs with underlying health problems, Bordatella may cause severe infections and pneumonia.  In adult dogs, infections are usually treatable and will run its course in 10-14 days.

The vaccine that we use to prevent Bordetella is simple to administer as it comes in an oral form so it doesn't hurt at all!   The vaccine can be easily given by one of the doctors or technicians at Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital. Most dogs take the oral vaccine easily.  Be sure to ask the veterinary team at Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital if your dog has had a Bordatella Vaccine.

 Call us today.  586-751-3350.