Bordetella, otherwise known as kennel cough,
is caused by a bacterial organism (which is what bordetella
is), or can be caused by a virus (Canine adenovirus
(hepatitis virus) or the parainfluenza virus),
and is spread through the upper respiratory fluids of
Although usually confined to the dog, some cats can
become affected as well. Humans are not affected.
Commonly seen in grouped dogs (kennel, animal shelter,
dog show), and can affect any dog unvaccinated.
Resultant symptoms are a deep, dry, hacking cough, usually
seen a few days after exposure.
Treatment involves antibiotics, and sometimes cough
suppressant medications. Typically, the disease
with antibiotic treatment will run a 10 day to 2 week
course before clearing.
for Bordetella is recommended especially prior to exposing
your dog to a group situation (kennel, dog show, or