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Bordetella In Your Pet

If you plan to travel, or send your pet to a boarding facility for any period of time, you'll have to first make sure to get the bordetella vaccine for your pet. The vaccine to prevent against bordetella in your pet is designed to protect your pet from receiving and spreading this highly contagious infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly called "kennel cough." Bordetella may spread rapidly, easily transmitted by way of casual contact, including sharing dog bowls, sniffing or generalized contact with other dogs.

Bordetella symptoms in your pet may present in dogs as a harsh cough, similar to a hacking sound. Symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after your pet has been infected, and the infection can last up 21 days, often leading to more complex respiratory infections like pneumonia. 

Your pet may contract bordetella at a local dog park, in your neighborhood, or anywhere your dog and other dogs may roam. Required for grooming, boarding and obedience training facilities, the bordetella vaccine is administered with an initial vaccine, followed by an annual booster.

Contact us at your convenience with any questions you may have about the bordetella vaccine for your pet. We look forward to helping you keep your pet protected.

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