Revised Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Protocol

Submitted by Veterinary Wellness Partners on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:23pm

Bordetella Guidelines

Revised November 17th, 2014

Bordetella Bronciseptica is a contagious disease of dogs.  It is spread by aerosolized particles, which can spread from dog to dog when they come into close contact with one another.  It is a common concern of boarding and grooming facilities, as well as dog parks and other areas where a lot of dogs tend to visit and play.  Because it is common in boarding facilities, it often goes by the common name: Kennel Cough.

There is often some confusion as to the need to vaccinate.  There is often confusion and discussion about when and how to best protect your dog.  Here at the Orrville Veterinary Clinic (OVC), we partner closely with the Orrville Pet Spa and Resort.  Through this partnership, we stay on top of the best methods of protection, as well as keeping up with concerns of various boarding facilities.  For those unfamiliar with Orrville Pet Spa and Resort, we are a premium boarding and grooming facility.  We are getting ready to break ground on an expansion project to further enhance our day care portion of our business. 

The doctors at OVC are always monitoring the best methods of protection, as well as the efficacy of the numerous vaccinations that are available to protect dogs.  At this time, we are using the following protocol:

  1. High Risk dogs (those that visit a boarding facility or groomer regularly throughout the year) will receive a Bordetella vaccination every 6 months
  2. Medium Risk dogs (Those that may only visit a boarding facility once a year or intermittently) will receive a Bordetella vaccination within the previous 6 months of their stay.
  3. Low Risk dogs will be evaluated at their annual physical examination to assess the needs and risk of that particular pet.  

Our current vaccination schedule will alternate an intranasal vaccination (which also includes parainfluenza) with an Oral vaccination.  We feel that this provides the best immunity for your dog at this time.  

Please give us a call if you have any questions of concerns about Bordetella and your dog.

Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc.

1665 N. Main Street

Orrville, Ohio 44667

Dr. Jeffrey R. Fink is the author and publisher of this article on behalf of Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc.