Dog Kennel Cough Vaccination and Prevention

Posted July 31st, 2010 by admin

Vaccination and Prevention
Kennel Cough

Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,”and this is true for Kennel Cough.  With that thought in mind, keeping your dog isolated from areas where they can be exposed to the bacteria and virus is the best medicine.  Essentially this means keeping them away from other dogs.  Unfortunately, that can be an impossible task.  This caution should be adhered to for puppies because their immune system is still developing, and may not withstand the rigors of such an illness.  Vaccination then becomes the best alternative to isolation.  Annual vaccinations can help reduce the incidence of catching Kennel Cough, and may lower the severity of its effect should it be contracted.  If you are already taking normal health care precautions with your dog by having routine annual vaccinations of a standard 5-way or 7-way vaccine your pet is receiving much needed protection already.  These vaccines help protect your dog from the causes of several health issues including the agents that are responsible for Kennel Cough.  While vaccination may limit or reduce the incidence of the disease and lessen its severity, they do not eliminate the chance your dog may contract the disease.

Vaccinations can be administered by injection or intra-nasally (where the serum is sprayed or squired into the nostril directly).  These vaccines protect against the Bordatella infection.  Two does provided 3-4 weeks apart are prescribed for the injectable vaccine.  The intra-nasal application with both Bordatella and parainfluenza provides the best protection.  The application directly into the nostril coats the mucus membranes with the effective medication directly where the disease exists . . . giving more immediate response to reducing the symptoms and incidence of the disease.  The intra-nasal vaccine gives the animal a mild case of the disease, and thus the dog may exhibit the symptoms associated with the illness.  This mild case of the disease also makes the dog a potential infecting carrier during this process.  The dog should recover on its own within a week or so.  Actual protection from these vaccinations may not take effect for several days following the treatment.

Annual vaccination treatments are beneficial.

Because a vaccinated dog can be a spreader of the disease, good hygiene and isolation of the dog is warranted—for up to a week.  Vaccinating prior to a situation where your dog will be in close contact with other dogs (boarding kennel, dog show, grooming salon, etc.) may provide needed protection.  Such inoculation should be done several days before the event.  Consult your veterinarian for specifics.

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