Kennel Cough Notice: Please Read!

There are at least 12 different antigens that can cause a dog to cough, yet there are VACCINES FOR ONLY 5. Because there are not vaccines for many of the causes of canine cough, “Canine Cough/Kennel Cough is a non-vaccine preventable disease” (Dr. Ronald Schultz DVM, immunologist, University of Wisconsin).

Kennel cough is the common name given to respiratory infection in dogs because it is contagious for dogs who are “social” i.e., dogs that attend grooming, day care, boarding, dog parks, etc. 

There are 4 ways your vet may vaccinate your dog against Kennel Cough, but each version is different in terms of how it is given, effectiveness, etc. 
 1. Injectable Bordetella (Given as a “shot”): This version only contains the Bordetella vaccine and takes up to 30 days to become effective.
 2. Oral Bordetella (Given by placing the vaccine material on the gums- it should not be squirted on the tongue): This version only contains the Bordetella vaccine.                                 
 3. “Mist” Oral Bordetella (Given by spraying the mist into the mouth): This version contains Bordetella and Parainfluenza vaccines. This is a new vaccine! 
4. Intranasal 3-way vaccine (Given by placing the vaccine material into the nostrils): The Nasal version contains Bordetella, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus type 2, which are common causes of canine cough in boarding, daycare, and grooming environments.

Our goal at Almost Home is for our clients’ pups to stay as healthy as can be. We **HIGHLY** recommend the 3-way intranasal vaccine

 Please watch this video for more information: FACTS about “Kennel Cough”

About Almost Home

Almost Home is designed to be what we want for our own pets: all indoors, climate controlled with spacious runs, outdoor yards with 8 foot perimeter fences where dogs can be taken to and let off leash several times a day, and of course, lots of hugs and dog cookies for all. For our kitty clients, they are boarded away from the dogs, with windows to a private yard where the cats can watch “cat tv” – where birds, squirrels, chipmunks find plenty to eat and provide lots of entertainment. We have dedicated and well-trained staff caring for your pets.
Our mission is to give pets a safe boarding experience and feel “Almost Home” while staying at our facility. To allow pet owners to enjoy time away from home, content that their pets are receiving the best care possible. To provide a professional indoor training facility, allowing interaction between pet owners and their pets.


We are Almost Home: Boarding and Training

1219 Dorsey Lane
Louisville, KY 40223

Phone: 502-384-8484

Fax: 502-384-8487



Looking forward to receiving our 2019 BESTIE Award on the 21st November!

 Almost Home has been the recipient of numerous awards. Here are some of our other previous awards and recognitions:









Canine Cough Reminder

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.



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