Bordetella Vaccine For Dogs

The Bordetella vaccine is a noncore vaccine that vets recommend for dogs that are frequently exposed to other pets. It works to protect pets against the highly contagious disease Bordetella bronchiseptica, also known as kennel cough. Many intranasal and intraoral Bordetella vaccines also vaccinate for canine parainfluenza, another highly infectious respiratory virus. The injectable vaccine protects against Bordetella only. 

What Is Bordetella?

Is there a difference between kennel cough and Bordetella? Yes, kennel cough is an umbrella term that describes a multitude of highly contagious respiratory illnesses. The most common bacteria in this group is Bordetella bronchiseptica, but your vet will probably just call it kennel cough. 

Respiratory diseases spread through aerosol droplets released when an animal sneezes, coughs, or barks. Shared surfaces, such as food bowls, can also carry and transfer the disease.

In areas where large numbers of dogs are confined, like kennels, the disease can spread rapidly. Side effects include violent coughing, wheezing, sneezing, a runny nose, and sometimes a fever.

Kennel cough itself is not fatal, and it is easily treatable. But the disease can lead to further infections that can be fatal. It is also not very comfortable for your furry friend, so immediate treatment is necessary.

Does My Dog Need The Bordetella Vaccine?

The Bordetella vaccine is not legally required. It may not be necessary if your dog stays at home and does not interact with many animals outside of the household. Your vet can evaluate his risk factors and help advise your decision.

Many locations will require proof of the Bordetella vaccine in order to make sure the disease does not spread. If you want your pet to attend boarding kennels, dog shows, dog parks, or training classes, he will likely need the vaccine.

The vaccine is available as a shot, but it is also available in oral and intranasal forms. 

Puppies can receive the intranasal or oral vaccine as early as three weeks old, requiring a second follow-up dose four weeks later. The injectable Bordetella vaccine can be given to puppies starting at six to eight weeks of age, and a booster at ten to twelve weeks

Depending on your pup’s exposure level, the vaccine will need to be boosted every 6 months to a year.

Bordetella Vaccine for Dogs in Frederick, MD

Here at Old Farm Veterinary Hospital, we believe prevention is the best medicine. That’s why we offer the Bordetella/Parainfluenza oral vaccine for dogs in Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. 

Our friendly staff will ensure your pet is comfortable during his wellness exam and routine vaccinations. Give your pet everything they need to live a long, healthy, and happy life. Call now to schedule an appointment.  

Learn More On Our Blog:

>> What You Need to Know about Kennel Cough

>> How to Prepare Your Cat or Dog for Boarding. 

>> What Happens at An Animal Wellness Exam?