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”