|Barked: Sat Apr 26, '08 4:36am PST |
|Kennel cough is routine in my world, as a dog walker. It certainly is possible you can catch things at the vet, just like humans can catch things at the hospital, but it is very rare for that to happen.
It is most likely that your pup is having a cough related to the vaccine, just like when we get the flu shot you can feel related symptoms for a day or two after the vaccine. Having the symptoms after a vaccine does not mean he has kennel cough, just that his immune system is kicking in to accept the vaccine and build the antibodies. Rarely does anything need to be done except wait for the symptoms to subside. Since KC is viral, not bacterial, antibiotics do not help them get better. Generally antibiotics are required if the particular dog is possibly at risk for secondary infections like pneumonia.
Kennel Cough Vaccine (bordetella) is usually only required for dogs who board, go to daycare or get groomed at a groomers etc. Cracker gets it because as a dogwalker's dog she is exposed to many other dogs.
Many vets offer it routinely as part of the annual vaccinations.
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