Stolley Park
Veterinary Hospital

3020 W. Stolley Park Road  Grand Island, Nebraska  68801  
Phone:  308-384-6272   Fax:  308-384-0984

September Newsletter

Changing Kennel Cough Protocol

Infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB), most commonly known as “kennel cough” is one of the most frequently diagnosed diseases in dogs. Usually our pets will present with kennel cough after boarding, grooming or spending time in a public place (i.e. parks). Like the common cold in humans, the causative agent of ITB is easily spread because it can be transmitted by coughing. Even dogs minding their own business in the backyard can be exposed by passersby.

Recently we have noticed that a few of our vaccinated patients have been diagnosed with kennel cough. One possible reason for vaccination deficits is that the vaccination can not cover every causative agent. The vaccination protects against the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica; however, it does not protect against many viruses and other bacteria that are thought to be associated with “Kennel Cough.”

Another potential reason for deficiency of protection is the vaccine is not being given frequently enough.
Recent research supports that kennel cough vaccination should be every 6 months instead of annually.
For this reason, Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital is now recommending biannual Bordetella vaccinations. If your dog is a puppy, hospitalized, boarding or the vaccine is overdue, the intranasal vaccination will be given. In most other cases we will use the injectable form.

It is important to remember that no vaccination protects 100% of the time. It is also important to remember that this safety precaution is not only beneficial, it is necessary to protect our dogs from this very contagious disease.