What is Bordetella (aka Kennel Cough)?
Bordetella bronchiseptica is the most common bacterial agent responsible for kennel cough in dogs, causing inflammation of your dog’s upper respiratory system.
How do dogs get kennel cough aka Bordetella bronchiseptica?
Kennel cough spreads from dog to dog through aerosol droplets, direct contact, or contact with contaminated surfaces like food and water bowls, toys, or kennel runs. Your dog is most likely to pick it up in an area where lots of dogs congregate, but he can also pick it up from any contaminated environment or a random hello to a neighbor’s dog who has been exposed.
What will happen if my dog gets kennel cough?
The most distinctive symptom of kennel cough is the loud, hacking cough that dogs develop with the virus. Other symptoms of kennel cough in dogs include:
- A runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Low fever
Fortunately, kennel cough is treatable. However, it’s very contagious and can run rampant in daycares, kennels, and other areas where dogs frequent.
How can i prevent my dog from getting kennel cough?
It’s simple; get the Bordetella vaccine every six months to keep your dog (and the dogs around your dog!) safe and healthy. If not kept up to date, the effectiveness will be weakened. Book an appointment with Cheap Pricks to get your dog up to date!