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Bordatella (Kennel Cough) or Tracheobronchitis, is not a routine shot (or nasal drip). It is recommended if your dog is boarded or is being shown. That's why your vet said they give it only if you request it. It isn't one disease, it's a lot of different viruses, like cold viruses. The shot doesn't last very long and like the human flu shot, doesn't cover all the "kennel cough" viruses. Vaccination may not prevent Kennel Cough, but would more than likely reduce the symptoms. Kennel Cough isn't dangerous like the new "dog flu". It only causes a hacking cough but the dog usually feels just fine. It is very contagious and easily spread in a kennel situation. Here is a quote from

"More commonly, for best protection, an intranasal vaccine containing both parainfluenza and Bordetella is used. Intranasal vaccines create localized immunity that greatly reduces the incidence of clinical signs and illness. There are several precautions and warnings that need to be observed pertaining to this vaccine. Some dogs will develop mild signs similar to tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough) when given this vaccine. Very often, the symptoms will last for several days and the dog will recover without treatment. Dogs that are vaccinated can also shed the virus and cause other dogs to become mildly infected and show mild signs. This shedding usually lasts less than 72 hours. In addition, it takes up to 4 days after vaccination for dogs to develop protection. When you combine these facts, you will see why I strongly recommend that a dog not be given intranasal vaccine within 72 hours of coming into contact with other susceptible dogs. Do not give the vaccine the day before a dog show, boarding, etc. Try to give at least four days before contact with other dogs, and preferably 7 days. This way you will protect your dog from becoming infected by other dogs, and protect those dogs from becoming infected by yours.

This vaccine is not without its problems. It is a very effective vaccine, but it must be used carefully and is generally only recommended for dogs that are at high risk. If your dog is not shown, boarded, or comes into contact with stray dogs, your dog is considered low risk."
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