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Dog Health:
Bordetella (Kennel Cough)


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 coughing dogs. 

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. 

Vaccination for Bordetella is recommended especially prior to exposing your dog to a group situation (kennel, dog show, or training class).