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Posted on 04-25-2014
The summer months are coming which means vacationing down at the beach or abroad away from your pets. Many pets take their own vacation in a kennel and play with many other pets. However, the kennel cough vaccine, also known as Bordatella, is required in order to stay at the kennel, which helps prevent kennel cough. Kennel cough, which is caused by the bacteria, Bordatella bronchiseptica, (and usually is combined with parainfluenza or adenovirus) is contagious among dogs of all sizes. Kennel Cough occurs when dogs are in a small enclosed area together and bacteria and or viruses are spread through the air by respiratory secretions. One infected dog can sneeze and infect an entire kennel. When dogs get kennel cough, owners may believe something is caught in their pup's trachea by the hacking noise they seem to make. Dogs will also sound like they need to sneeze or will have trouble trying to breathe. When dogs have these symptoms, they can produce mucous, which make dog owners believe their dog is vomiting. However, it is only mucus that comes up, pushed from the cilia in the throat trying to get rid of the bacteria. If kennel cough is left untreated for a long time, it can lead to pneumonia because the bacteria, Bordatella bronchiseptica, will hold onto the cilia tightly so that it is unable to move. Also, the immune cells will not kill off the bacteria as well because they are made inactive from the antigen.
Before dogs are diagnosed, occasionally x-rays will help clarify if the pet has bronchitis. A new way of finding kennel cough is by polymerase chain DNA, which shows the DNA of the bacteria. To help ensure your dog does not have to go through this, it is recommended that the vaccine be given at least 2 weeks prior to going to the kennel so that the pet can build up immunity to the bacteria. At Eagle Animal Hospital, we recommend giving the intranasal vaccine because it is absorbed into the dog's system faster. If owners would like, or if a kennel requests, the vaccine can be given every 6 months.
If you have any questions or would like to get your dog vaccinated, please contact us at Eagle Animal Hospital at 610-458-8789. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding area.
Written by Audrey Keruly, receptionist
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