Let’s face it: dogs get sick. It’s sort of the whole reason for having dog insurance. But if you know what to look for, you can spot problems early and nip them in the bud (pardon the pun). One common problem that every pup is likely to experience at some point or another is Bordetella. Commonly known as kennel cough, this bacterial infection can make your pup feel miserable, but fear not—it’s easily treated! In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about bordetella and bordetella bronchiseptica in dogs.
What is Bordetella?
Bordetella is a bacterial organism that can cause kennel cough. It’s spread through the air and can be caused by a cold or the flu. Bordetella may also be passed from dog to dog, so it’s important to make sure all of your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Bordetella is relatively common in dogs, with most carrying the bacteria without any noticeable symptoms or side effects. However, if your furry friend gets sick while they’re around other dogs who don’t have their vaccinations up-to-date or if they spend time with unvaccinated puppies—or even just humans who don’t have good hygiene practices—it could lead to serious health problems for your pet!
What causes it?
Bordetella is a bacteria that causes kennel cough. Dog-to-dog contact and air transmission are the most common ways it’s spread. When you take your dog to the park and play with other dogs, or when you let them lick your face, they can pass on the infection. This is because Bordetella spreads through direct contact with infected animals or people who have not been vaccinated against it, as well as by coughing, sneezing, or touching contaminated surfaces (like door handles).
What are the symptoms?
- Your dog will be coughing, sneezing and have runny eyes.
- He may have a fever.
- He might lose his appetite and be lethargic or weak.
- His weight loss could be due to a loss of energy as well as anorexia from the infection itself.
How do you treat it?
If you’re wondering how to treat Bordetella, there are a few options. These include:
- Vaccines (which can be administered at the same time as antibiotics)
- Antibacterial sprays and wipes to clean your dog’s nose and feet, as well as other areas that might be susceptible to infection. These will help kill off any bacteria that may have been introduced into their system by the infected dog’s secretions.
- Dog collars with antibacterial properties, which also help keep away fleas and ticks. Collars like these last for three months after application.
How do you prevent getting it?
The best way to prevent getting Bordetella is through vaccination. Vaccinate your dog at the age of 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks and annually.
If you’ve already had a bout with Bordetella, it’s important to take care of your dog in order to keep him or her healthy. Make sure that they never come into contact with other dogs who haven’t been vaccinated against Bordetella before going to a dog park or other similar social setting where disease transmission can occur. It’s also important that human caregivers don’t come into contact with their own faces after spending time around their pets’ face and mouth areas (like when kissing).
Although bordetella is contagious, it can be treated and prevented.
Bordetella is a highly contagious upper respiratory tract infection that can be transmitted to dogs by direct contact and/or through airborne droplets. Infected dogs will usually show symptoms within one week after exposure, but they can show signs as early as two days and as late as three weeks after exposure.
I hope this post has helped you understand what bordetella is, how it is caused and spread, and how to get it treated. It’s important that pet owners educate themselves on these topics so they can keep their dogs happy and healthy! If anyone has any questions about bordetella in dogs or other diseases that affect your dog, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!