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BORDETELLA VACCINE - WHEN & WHY IT'S NEEDED
You many be asking, how far in advance should a dog receive a bordetella vaccine prior to boarding?
It depends on the vaccine that is used. The intranasal vaccine has a quick onset of protection (3-5 days). So, recommending it be given one week prior to boarding should be fine. The injectable vaccine requires longer, and I recommend getting the vaccine 2 weeks prior to boarding. If the animal is getting vaccinated for the first time, the injectable vaccine should be boostered 3 weeks later. Therefore, I would recommend a dog have the entire protocol prior to boarding. If they don't, I always tell the client there dog may not be protected well against bordetella. Too many people run in the day they need to drop their pet off at the kennel to get the vaccine.
Also, does a newly vaccinated dog "shed" symptoms of the virus?
Yes. A newly vaccinated dog can have symptoms of kennel cough if the intranasal vaccine was used. Generally, these symptoms (cough/sneeze, runny nose) are seen about 3-5 days after vaccination, and resolve on their own over the course of the next week. This is not usually seen when injectable bordetella is given.
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'KENNEL NOSE' AND WHY ITS COMMON WHEN BOARDING YOUR DOG
Question: My dog was recently boarding and now has a raw spot on her nose. Is this normal or do I have reason to believe that facility did something wrong?
Answer: It is very common for dogs to get a red raw spot on their nose when boarding. It is so common that it is called “kennel nose”! This can happen at five-star doggie resorts.
Here is why: Dogs live by instincts! The canine instinct mode kicks into high gear when they are away from home. They have instincts to hunt, bring their food to a safe place, hide the food they can’t eat immediately, and protect their stash. They also have instincts to protect their territory and protect their pack. Many dogs are escape artists and have a high instinct to return to their own territory.
Many dogs, happily playing at a boarding kennel all day, at dinnertime, immediately try to bury their food and dish under their bedding! In the process of pushing the dish over and nosing each kibble under their blanket they can bruise or injure their snouts!
Also, some dogs get sore noses from trying to get out by chewing at the doors of the kennel. They may also dig on concrete or tile floors until their nails are worn down to the sensitive quick.
The best way to keep your dog happy and comfortable while boarding is to slowly get him conditioned to being separated from you. Take him to doggie daycare several times a week. Join a play group at a local dog club or dog park and let your dog get socialized and comfortable around other dogs. Teach him you will always come back and he can be safe and happy while you are gone!
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