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Hope You can give me info. My last vet recomended giving bordetella vaccine twice a year. I have never had any of my dogs get that illness,so I attributed it to being covered with the vaccine. This new vet recommends once a year. Have any of you had experience with this? How often do you have it given? Some sites say the vaccine lasts only 4-6 months. I guess I`m concerned because there seems to be some controversy of over vaccinating our pets.
Our babies do get kenneled 3 times a year. We also go to parks and classes.
Thanks for any info. I guess I`m trying to gather info to make a decision.
 

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I ALWAYS make sure mine get it every 6 months on the money..... I take them so many places, that it is not worth it to me to chance it. I think generally they are given once a year, but most boarding facilities and classes require them every 6 months.
 

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******* got the bordetella vaccine and still got kennel cough. I think it is more effective in some dogs than others. My vet gives it once a year.
 

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Okie-dobie said:
******* got the bordetella vaccine and still got kennel cough. I think it is more effective in some dogs than others. My vet gives it once a year.
There are many, many different strains of bordetella, the vaccine doesn't protect against all of them. My dogs are heavily exposed to other dogs all the time at shows, I've only had one of them get kennel cough once. And that was shortly after the dog had gotten vaccinated for it.

The only time I vaccinate for bordetella is when I *have* to, if they're being boarded.
 

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Both our dogs get it once a year, but they aren't ever boarded anywhere. I have mentioned being concerned to my vet because we go for walks to the doggy "hot spots" in town, and places like petsmart/petco..etc. He says not to worry so much and they should be fine. I believe I have mentioned before that our Vet is like an old horse doctor, we love him, but sometimes I am not sure about his advice :D
 

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Murreydobe said:
There are many, many different strains of bordetella, the vaccine doesn't protect against all of them. My dogs are heavily exposed to other dogs all the time at shows, I've only had one of them get kennel cough once. And that was shortly after the dog had gotten vaccinated for it.

The only time I vaccinate for bordetella is when I *have* to, if they're being boarded.
Me too,never had a case of kennel cough once,with all the shows and training classes that we attend.
 

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We had the same problem as Okie.
We vaccinate once a year for bordetella (required for our training and boarding) but Abby picked up kennel cough last year. As Murreydobe said it was likely a strain that is not protected.
 

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Java gets the vaccine that requires an update every 6 mos. Boarding requires that the vaccine be kept current. Have heard of dogs getting kennel cough from sharing water bowls at dog park. Had no idea there was more than one strain - must be like the cold or flu for humans.
 

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Thanks everyone. It is true there are many strains. It just gets very confusing on how often. This vet likes once a year )which you have to have for classes.boarding etc. I will run it by her again as we will be boarding middle of March (for 3 days)
 

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The only time I vaccinate for bordetella is when I *have* to, if they're being boarded.[/QUOTE]


I am going to do the same. It's like getting the flu shot, it only protects against a few strains and I never get it. IMO, a good immune system will fight off many strains of kennel cough.
 

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The only dog that I vaccinate this for is Doodle because he is in getting groomed so often. He has also come out twice with kennel cough at another grooming office. The only time the others get vaccinated is when they get kenneled. It is required then and they do it before they are admitted. I don't have that much faith in the vaccine to do all of my dogs.
 

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Our dogs get it once a year. We have been taking Titus to the dog park for about a year and a half and he did training classes when he was younger and we have not had any problems. The kids dont get boarded so I am unsure what the boarding places around here require.
 

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*******'s obedience class requires it and also the daycare I use to take her to. This is where she picked it up, I'm sure. So she will have to keep getting it as long as I keep her in classes. :(
 

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Murreydobe said:
There are many, many different strains of bordetella, the vaccine doesn't protect against all of them. My dogs are heavily exposed to other dogs all the time at shows, I've only had one of them get kennel cough once. And that was shortly after the dog had gotten vaccinated for it.

The only time I vaccinate for bordetella is when I *have* to, if they're being boarded.
Me too. My male got vaccinated years ago and got bordetella from his vaccination.

I haven't given the vaccination in years and wouldn't have given it then except I had to board him for an emergency situation.

Our dogs go everywhere with us, camping, hiking, dog clubs, many dog shows, doggie daycare, and various places and they have always been fine without the vaccination.

My holistic vet supports this, the normal vet recommends once a year.
 

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I have been to three, we go to one regularly.
The three were pretty modern and up to date on feeding and vaccinations and accepted titers as far as older puppies and adults go.
From my understanding puppies had to have all their shots though, the first rounds at least.
One I went to didn't allow intact dogs over a certain age. The other two work with show dog people often and don't have that restriction.
 
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