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Bordetella Symptoms in Dogs

The last thing you want is for your dog to come back sick with Kennel Cough after staying in the kennel. In this article, our San Gabriel vets are here to tell you everything you need to know about Bordetella.

What is Bordetella in dogs?

One of the most common canine respiratory diseases is Bortadella or Kennel Cough because it is highly contagious. This condition is also known as tracheobronchitis, canine infectious tracheobronchitis, or Bordetellosis. Kennel Cough in dogs is a worldwide disease so it is important to take the necessary precautions to keep your pet safe.

How do dogs get Bordetella?

The main way dogs catch Bordetella is by inhaling bacterial particles. When these particles make their way to the respiratory tract, the dog can experience an inflamed windpipe or voice box.

When dogs visit places where they may come into contact with other dogs, such as doggy daycare, groomers, dog parks, and boarding facilities, they are more likely to contract this virus and develop symptoms of an upper respiratory infection.

Certain situations can increase the chances of a dog catching diseases caused by the bacterium. These include the following:

  • Staying in a poorly ventilated living space like a kennel
  • Colder temperatures
  • Exposure to dust or smoke
  • Stress from travelling or other issues

Symptoms of Bordetella in Dogs

Bordetella infections in dogs are characterized by a persistent cough. Coughing can sound similar to a honking goose, according to dog parents. Vets refer to this as "reverse sneezing."

Some other symptoms of Bordetella infections in dogs include:

  • Eye discharge
  • Less of an appetite
  • A consistently runny nose
  • Fever

Treatments for Dogs With Bordetella

Bordetella will resolve on its own without the need for treatment. If you do take your dog to the vet, they may prescribe antibiotics to help him recover faster. Always take the full dose of any medication prescribed by your veterinarian.

Vaccines are also available to prevent infections. Your vet can administer vaccines against these diseases either by injection or via nose drops.

Bordetella Vaccine for Dogs

If you want to know "How long is the Bordetella vaccine good for in dogs?", contact our vets for the answer as every pet is different.  The Bordetella vaccine for dogs protects against this specific virus and is widely available to keep your dog safe from kennel cough. You may have heard it called the “kennel cough vaccine.” If you're wondering how long the Bordetella vaccine in dogs is good for, the intranasal version of the vaccine is typically administered annually, although boarding facilities or hospitals may recommend it every six months.

Vaccinations are usually very safe, but the benefits of vaccinations must be weighed against any risks. Your veterinarian may advise against getting the Bordetella vaccine if your dog is immunocompromised, sick, or pregnant. This is because the Bordetella vaccine can cause side effects in dogs. Your vet will discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine and look into your dog's previous history of vaccine reactions.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Does your dog need to get its Bordetella vaccination? Book an appointment at Temple City Animal Hospital today to speak with one of our San Gabriel vets! 

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