Canine Bordetella

Canine Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

Bordetella bronchisepticum, a bacterial pathogen, is one of the several major causes of infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB, more commonly known as kennel cough), an extremely contagious respiratory disease of dogs. If treated, ITB rarely causes death, but even with treatment, the disease typically lasts for many weeks, during which time the affected dog is extremely contagious to other dogs. The disease is spread by direct contact and via airborne transmission. Bordetella is characterized by a dry, hacking, and often painful cough. Bordetella does not affect people or cats.“Kennel cough” can be caused by many different bacterial and viral pathogens, the most common of which are Bordetella bronchisepticum (a bacterium), canine parainfluenza virus, and canine adenovirus 2. The disease is most common in dogs in close contact with infected dogs (e.g. in kennels, shelters, puppy classes, groomers, and working dog environments). However, cases can occasionally appear in dogs confined to a house or yard, as the disease is occasionally transmitted dog-to-dog through a fence or screen door.


Canine Bordetella Vaccine


  • Canine Bordetella

Minimum Age:

8 weeks

Recommended protocol:

The Bordetella vaccine should be given to all puppies 8-12 weeks of age, with subsequent boosters every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. It is common practice that the first vaccine be intranasal (for local immunity within the upper respiratory system), and all future boosters be injectable (subcutaneous, for systemic immunity). Boosters should be given annually, or as recommended by your veterinarian.


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