To help prevent colds from spreading throughout our facility we are revamping our health requirements and wanted everyone to be known of our changes concerning the bordetella (intranasal) vaccine.
The bordetella vaccine is not a required vaccine by the state of IL for a dog to stay at a facility to board or do day care, it is by the facilities discretion whether or not they require it. We do not require the vaccine. Just like getting a flu vaccine for humans, there are many strands of the virus, so the vaccine might not even be for the strand your dog was exposed to.
For those of you that do vaccinate your dog with the bordetella vaccine intranasally, we ask that you do it atleast 10 days before your scheduled boarding or day care play day. The bordetella intranasl vaccine is a LIVE virus and can be shed for up to 7 - 10 days. During that time they can spread the canine flu to other dogs. If a dog were to cough and has the virus, they are exposing all dogs. Due to the dormancy period a dog may not show signs for up to 7-10 days after.
Currently, we do not have any cases of kennel cough. We are revamping our health requirements and wanted everyone to be known of our changes.
If you think your dog is coughing, has an upset stomache, loose stool, green discharge from the eyes or you can tell that they are feeling under the weather, please keep them at home to rest. Your dog can get Kennel Cough from the vet, the dog park, grooming, boarding, etc. If you suspect your dog has Kennel Cough, do not have your dog around any dogs and keep a close eye on them.
For more information about the bordetella vaccine contact your primary vet to discuss the pro's and con's for your family.