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What is bordetella in dogs?

If your dog visits a groomer or boarding facility protecting them against the highly contagious bordetella virus will be essential. Today, our Greensboro vets explain more about bordetella and the bordetella vaccine.

Bordetella & Your Dog's Health

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterium that frequently results in respiratory disease in dogs. This common bacteria is one of the key components of the canine infectious respiratory complex (kennel cough), upper respiratory infection, or infectious tracheobronchitis. 

Kennel cough in dogs often results from bordetella infections. 

How Dogs Get Bordetella

Dogs who will be in areas where they may come into contact with other dogs such as doggy daycare, the groomers, the dog park, and boarding facilities, are more likely to come into contact with this virus and develop signs of an upper respiratory infection.

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.

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 (such as certain kennels)
  • Colder temperatures
  • Exposure to dust or smoke
  • Stress (often brought on by travel issues)

Bordetella in Dogs Symptoms

Symptoms of Bordetella infections in dogs primarily manifest as a persistent cough. Dog parents often say that the sound of the cough can resemble the noise a honking goose makes. Vets sometimes call this “reverse sneezing.”

Some other symptoms of Bordetella infections in dogs include:

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

Bordetella Treatments for Dogs

The good news is that many cases of Bordetella will go away on their own without any additional treatment. But if you do bring your dog to your vet, they might prescribe antibiotics to help speed up recovery. Always follow the full dosage of any medicine prescribed by your vet.

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

The Bordetella Vaccine

If your dog goes to dog parks, boarding facilities, dog daycare, or attends training classes or dog shows, then they are at risk for contracting bordetella. Many of these facilities require dogs to come with proof of the Bordetella vaccination, so it is in your dog’s best interest for their health and extracurricular activities to get the vaccine.

Vaccinations are usually very safe, but the benefits of vaccinations must be weighed against any risks. Bordetella vaccine side effects in dogs are rare and tend to be minor. Speak to your vet to learn more about possible side effects.

Your veterinarian may advise against getting the Bordetella vaccine if your dog is immunocompromised, sick, or pregnant, and they will discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine for dogs with a previous history of vaccine reactions.

Frequency of Bordetella Vaccine for Dogs

Many pet parents as 'How long is Bordetella vaccine good for in dogs?' 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.” The intranasal version of the vaccine is typically administered annually, although boarding facilities or hospitals may recommend it every six months.

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.

Is it time for your dog's bordetella vaccine? Contact us today to book a vaccination appointment for your four-legged friend. 

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