Kennel Cough - Bordetella

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Kennel Cough Vaccine for Dogs

A Kennel Cough vaccine also known as a Bordetella vaccine for dogs is recommended for dogs that are boarded, groomed or spend time at dog shows, dog parks or any other place where they are within 15 feet of another dog. Bordetella vaccines can be administered in three different ways: injectable, oral and intranasal. Kennel Cough vaccines include protection against some of most common causes of Kennel Cough: Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica. It’s important to note that not all Kennel Cough vaccines protect against all three of these diseases.  

Like other dog vaccines, a Bordetella vaccine must be kept cool and refrigerated until administered.

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is a contagious respiratory disease, so vaccination is the best way to keep dogs protected. Kennel Cough is also called Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex and Infectious Tracheobronchitis. Kennel Cough seldom causes the loss of life, but the dog coughing does last three weeks.

Any place where dogs are within 15 feet of each other Kennel Cough can be spread. This includes groomers, dog parks, vet offices, dog shows, boarding kennels and more. Since Kennel Cough is transmitted so easily, prevention through vaccination is the best protection for dogs. The three most common causes of Kennel Cough are: Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Two other common causes of kennel cough include Influenza and Distemper.  

When Should a Dog Receive a Bordetella Vaccine?

A dog should receive a Bordetella vaccine if the dog is around other dogs. This includes boarding, groomers, vet clinics, dog parks, dog shows or anywhere the dog is within 15 feet of another dog. Annual revaccination of the kennel cough vaccine for dogs is recommended. Do not vaccinate a pregnant dog with the kennel cough vaccine.

There are three types of Kennel Cough vaccines: injectable, intranasal and oral. 

The injectable vaccine is given under the skin with a needle and syringe. This causes an immune response and the production of antibodies, which circulate in the blood and are ready to attack if an infection occurs.

The intranasal vaccine is dripped or squirted into the nose. While this might seem like an odd way to give a vaccine, it is actually very effective. Studies show that all three vaccines work, however, the intranasal kennel cough vaccine works the fastest.

The oral vaccine only includes protection against Bordetella and Adenovirus. Parainfluenza is ineffective given orally.

Browse Revival Animal Health’s Kennel Cough Vaccine Selection

At Revival Animal Health we are the Pet Vaccine Experts. Our Pet Care Pros have the vaccine knowledge to answer any questions you may have on the Bordetella vaccine. We also offer a wide selection of the Kennel Cough Vaccine online so you are certain to find the best vaccine for your dog or puppy. If you have a question about kennel cough or you would like to buy Bordetella vaccine over the phone, call our Pet Care Pros at 800.786.4751.