Canine Cough or Kennel Cough (Bordetella) is the common name given to respiratory infection in dogs because it is contagious for dogs who go to grooming, day care or dog parks.  Parainfluenza and Adenovirus-Type 2 are other viral respiratory diseases that cause symptoms that look extremely similar to canine cough.

There are 3 ways your vet can vaccinate your dog against Bordetella (Canine Cough), but not all are the same and not all of them protect your dog against the other respiratory illnesses mentioned above.

Please note the following:

  • Injectable Bordetella: given as a “shot” this version only contains the Bordetella vaccine.
  • Oral Bordetella:  given by squirting the vaccines material on the gums (it should not be squirted on the tongue).  The version contains only the Bordetella vaccine.
  • Nasal 3-way vaccine: given by placing the vaccine material in the nostrils. Nasal version contains Bordetella, parainfluenza and adenovirus type 2.

Our goal at Almost Home is for all our dogs to remain protected and healthy, therefore, we are highly recommending you to ask for the 3-way intranasal vaccine that protects against more than Bordetella, but also the other similar respiratory viruses: parainfluenza and adenovirus type 2.  We want them to stay protected.  A lapse in protection puts all our dogs at risk for illness.

Remember to check the dates of your dog’s flu booster shots and don’t delay in boostering your dog’s influenza vaccines when it comes due.