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Kennel Cough Vaccine

Kennel cough is a contagious mixed bacterial/viral infection of the upper wind pipe of dogs. Infection most commonly occurs whilst in kennels; however infection can occur from exposure to infected dogs whilst at exercise.

Once coughing/retching symptoms develop they may resolve by themselves over several weeks. However some dogs may go on to develop chronic debilitating lower airway disease. For this reason vaccination is optional but recommended for all dogs going into boarding kennels.

Some owners may wish to vaccinate even if their dog is not going into kennels because of the risk of contracting this disease through contact with infected dogs whilst socializing at exercise. Kennel cough vaccination is also a worthwhile consideration for the increasing number of dogs going to dog day care/dog walkers where the risk of infection is higher.

Intranasal drop vaccination can be given from 3 weeks of age and provides immunity against kennel cough for 1 year. The vaccine is not 100% effective; however the incidence of infection and severity of symptoms in vaccinated dogs is significantly reduced.

We recommend that kennel cough vaccination should be given 1 week before going into kennels but a minimum of 3 days is advised by the manufacturer.