We all know that the rabies vaccine is required for dogs in most cities. Recently, there has been a debate among professionals about whether the vaccine to prevent Bordetella (kennel cough) is necessary.
The Merck Veterinary manual, a source of information for veterinarians, says that “Infectious tracheobronchitis is a mild self-limiting disease that results in inflammation of the upper airways transmitted by air and caused possibly but not surely by several different viruses, mainly Parainfluenza virus and also by a bacteria – Bordetella Bronchiseptica, however, the exact cause may vary.”
The Merck Veterinary Manual also states that: “This condition would rarely lead to complications or death only in animals with a weakened immune system. In summary, kennel cough is not much different than a cold that most of us catch from time to time and cure by rest and tea.”
Most boarding kennels, doggie daycare facilities, and training facilities require this vaccine before an animal is admitted for care or treatment. However, in light of the recent statements regarding the prevention of this disease, the question of its importance now surfaces.
Hopefully, some canine and feline diseases will disappear in time, or be easily treatable like some human diseases such as polio and leprosy. Until that time, be aware that there are a few vaccines that are not mandatory and subjecting pets to their side effects may cause more harm than the disease it prevents.
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