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I took my healthy, seven year old dog to the vet about two weeks ago to get her annual bordatella shot in preperation for boarding her over the New Years holiday. A few days after getting the vaccine, I noticed she was coughing and wheezing. Not terribly, but enough for me to notice. Now, a week later my other two dogs (particularly my 13 chi) are coughing much worse than the dog who got the shot. These two dogs are current on all shots. I guess my question is, is it possible that the vaccine gave my dog a contagious strain of kennel cough? Or I guess she could of picked it up while at the vet? Id just like to know what I could be dealing with. I'm taking one to the vet tonight, but I'd really like to know if kennel cough is a possibility so i can begin to make alternative boarding plans... Though maybe someone had gone through something similar.
 

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There are a couple of different types of bordatella. The vaccine only covers one type. Your dog could of picked up the other one while at to vet and spread it to the others.
 

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Samantha had Kennel cough when we first brought her home from the shelter. It was horrible, we sat up with her nights, as she coughed all night. She gets the bordetella vaccine, the one they squirt up her nose, every six months. She has not been sick with that since, fortunately.
 

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I have seen some dogs get a nasal discharge and what looked like a mild form of the disease after getting the intranasal vaccine (one of the reasons I do NOT like that form of vaccine, aside from most dogs hating it)... but generally those dogs do not get the full blown disease. Have yet to see any get a case from the vaccine and go on to spread it to other dogs. More likely, as suggested already, your pet may have already been infected and the vaccine was too late to do much to help prevent it. Sounds like it could be kennel cough going around... the vaccines (all forms) are NOT 100% effective, but a long shot sometimes... but they are all we have to protect dogs (other than complete avoidance of other dogs). Fortunately rarely a serious illness... unfortunately VERY contagious (and not a good idea to board pets currently showing symptoms).
 

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I have seen some dogs get a nasal discharge and what looked like a mild form of the disease after getting the intranasal vaccine (one of the reasons I do NOT like that form of vaccine, aside from most dogs hating it)... but generally those dogs do not get the full blown disease. Have yet to see any get a case from the vaccine and go on to spread it to other dogs. More likely, as suggested already, your pet may have already been infected and the vaccine was too late to do much to help prevent it. Sounds like it could be kennel cough going around... the vaccines (all forms) are NOT 100% effective, but a long shot sometimes... but they are all we have to protect dogs (other than complete avoidance of other dogs). Fortunately rarely a serious illness... unfortunately VERY contagious (and not a good idea to board pets currently showing symptoms).
So far Samantha has not had any reaction to the nasal vaccine, but when she had the full blown version of kennel cough, she suffered so much from it, which keeps us current on her vaccine schedule. You are correct, in that no vaccine is 100%, but even if it just reduces the severity of the disease, its well worth it.
 
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