Boarding Kennels and Pet Vaccinations
Dog guardians who choose to board their beloved canines at boarding kennels are sometimes surprised that the state mandated rabies and DHLPP vaccines (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) are not sufficient for some facilities. Many require dogs not only be up to date on these vaccines but also have been vaccinated against Bordetella within the year as well.
While most people are familiar with the term kennel cough, they are not familiar with the Bordetella Bronshiseptica bacterium that spreads it. While cats, rabbits, and in rare instances, humans can also be infected by Bordetella, it is most known for causing canine infectious tracheobronchitis, the above-mentioned kennel cough which spreads like wildfire through certain dog populations. Characterized by a hacking cough and a runny nose, its effects on healthy dogs are actually superficial, but in puppies or those with underlying health issues or compromised immune systems, Bordetella can be fatal. This is also true for cats that contract the condition. Since it is so highly contagious, it is highly recommended that dogs, who will be boarded, frequent dog daycare facilities, doggy parks, or grooming facilities, receive Bordetella vaccinations every six to twelve months in addition to the regular schedule of pet vaccinations in Detroit.
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