|Barked: Fri Mar 19, '10 2:51am PST |
|Yes, it is. Bordatella vaccine protects against the major strains, but it's not a practical possibility to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of rapidly changing bacteria. Vaccination will usually make infection with other strains less severe, though.
A friend of mine has two dogs, one a healthy 7yo Maltese, and the other a beagle who's closing in on fifteen and has had some health issues over the past year. Both are vaccinated. She took the younger dog to a nose work seminar, where he mixed with a lot of other dogs. The older dog stayed home. The younger dog came home and had a very mild cough, threw it off quickly without treatment. No one would have thought anything about it if the older dog had not gotten sick. The older dog got sick, and was sick for a couple of weeks.
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