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Happy Pets Veterinary Center

27550 Newhall Ranch Rd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 295-9972
(888) 769-1013 Fax

On the corner of Newhall Ranch Rd. and Dickason Dr./Ave. Tibbits,
just across from Eggs n' Things


Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9pm - 8 pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday CLOSED

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Canine Bordetella

Bordetella is one of the causes of the canine upper respiratory disease, tracheobronchitis or "kennel cough." It is a bacterial infection of the respiratory system of dogs characterized by severe coughing and gagging. It is a very contagious airborne disease. Most cases appear after contact with other dogs in kennels, grooming parlors and other places where dogs congregate. The incubation period is about one week.

The most common complaint heard by veterinarians is that "it sounds like the dog has something caught in his throat." This is not the case, but the symptoms certainly make it appear that way. Most dogs show no other sign but the cough. Occasionally dogs may develop pneumonia and become ill enough to require hospitalization.

Treatment consists of antibiotics and cough suppressants. Most dogs respond quickly to therapy, but some develop a chronic cough syndrome that may last for months.

The bordetella vaccine is administered by a sub-cutaneous injection annually.

Puppies are particularly susceptible, so this vaccine should be included in their regular vaccine series. The initial vaccine protocol is a series of two injections. The first injection is followed in three to four weeks by the second. An annual booster is given to maintain protection.

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