the bordetella vaccine is ok to give. just keep in mind in some animals it actually causes a mild flare up of the kennel cough itself in dogs which were just vaccinated with it. also the vaccine only covers a handful of the zillion strains of bordetella out there so even with the shot he can still contract it.
There is a actual Vaccination (with a needle) And the internasal which is just squirted in the nose, it goes right down the throat, Its supposed to be the most effective. Ive heard of some places recommending it every 6 months to dogs that frequent leash free parks. We once had an outbreak of it in our area, and were giveing it to everyone again.
***Edited By: sue on 3/12/2006 4:29:21 PM*** Reason: zdg
Some dogs at our Vet get it though the nose and others through the shot. Mia gets his through his nose-Intarnasel. Do you know the reason some would and some would get the actual needle at the same vet?? I'd never asked.
also remember that a vaccination of ANY kind is not going to totally protect you/your pet from getting a disease-- it somewhat reduces the chance of you/your pet getting certain strains of the diseases. Bordetella vaccinations (injection or intranasal) do not even protect from all the strains of the disease so your dog may still catch a strain that isnt included in the vaccine.
The bordatella vaccination is not one of those that will give your dog more than 1 year of immunity, the way that DHPP and even rabies will. It's effectiveness seemst o be about a maximum of 8 to 9 months. If you board your dog a lot or take your dog into public places where other dogs frequently are, I'd give it every 6 or 7 months, seriously.
My little 2 pound poodle who is now 8 months old had terrible reactions to his first two needles, we almost lost him. His reactions were so bad the vet recommended not giving him his third needle, at 14 weeks he only weighed 20 oz. We did however give him the Bordatella Intranasal because of a bad case of kennel cough in the area...he had no reactions at all, it was as if he had nothing given to him.
Thank you guys for all your posts. Thank you They are very informative! I know it wont cover as long as the others....Then I wonder...Why must the 5-in-1 shot be given this year too if he has it last year as a pup?!
What age was he last year when he had his 5-way? If he was still under 1 year of age, most Vets will recommend that they have at least 1 additional booster after they reach the 1 year mark.
Just to go a little more in-depth about the Kennel Cough vaccine...
The reason that alot of Vets prefer the intranasal administration is because that is the route the lovely germies will take if he is ever exposed. The theory behind the intranasal is that the cells lining the nose will develop a memory to the strain (and YES, the KC vaccine only covers 1- ONE strain of Kennel Cough) and be able to better catch it if ever exposed. The studies that I have come across show that the best protection comes from an Intranasal Dose followed by an injection type dose. If the injection is given with no intra-nasal counterpart, you may as well being giving sterile water injections. One of the reasons the manufacturers began pulling some types of the injectible...it wasn't stimulating enough of an immune response to be effective.
I believe maybe it was Scout or Minni that stated that the immunity from the vax will only last a short while. Very true!! In puppies, the duration can be even shorter. Some only lasting 4-6 weeks!
I get the bordetella vaccines, and I buy boxes of the nasal version too. I give both, first the shot and then a couple days later I will give the nasal. The vaccine works best, but the nasal one helps boost the protection.
Thank you for the last two comments. You guys are great! I appreciate it. To answer PuPsR.......He was a few weeks old last time he got it, now he is a little over a year and time for all this boosters.