Are dogs contagious after kennel cough vaccine?

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Kennel Cough is a very common and contagious disease mostly contracted by dogs, it is not contagious to humans.

Kennel Cough in dogs is an airbourne virus and can be compared to the human flu.

In most cases Kennel Cough is not serious, and will only last up to a week or two.


Yes, dogs can develop symptoms of kennel cough from the vaccine but, no, a full-blown form of the illness is extremely unlikely.

There are two forms of the kennel cough vaccine, live vaccine and killed vaccine.

However, it can cause symptoms of kennel cough, which in some animals may be more pronounced.


The Kennel Cough vaccine isn't considered a "core vaccine".

Most boarding kennels require dogs staying with them to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough, as the infection can spread very quickly in this environment.

In addition to clearing the signs of infection, most dogs are not contagious after 10-14 days of being ill, especially if antibiotics are used in bacterial infections.

Kennel cough vaccination and boarding.

It's very common for kennels to require dogs be vaccinated against "kennel cough" before they are allowed in.

There are two main reasons for this: Reducing the risk that a dog will bring kennel cough into the facility and spread it to other dogs.


Some of the other agents such as Parainfluenza and Adenovirus are part of the routine multivalent vaccinations generally given yearly to dogs.

The intra-nasal Bordetella vaccine may produce immunity slightly faster than the injectable vaccine if the dog has never been previously vaccinated for Kennel Cough.


Some boarding facilities may require a booster (re-vaccination) prior to the dog's stay.

The kennel cough vaccine is low risk for animals who have previously been vaccinated without side effects.

The main risk of the vaccine is the dog developing a mild case of kennel cough.


Bordetella is a highly contagious bacterium; cats are just more resistant to it than dogs, causing it to be much rarer in cats and much less severe in otherwise healthy adult cats.

cats tend to catch kennel cough from other infected cats.

There is little evidence that cats can catch kennel cough from dogs.

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