Kennel Cough Complex Vaccines

Why is Newberg Veterinary Hospital requiring the intranasal Bordetalla/Parainfluenza vaccine?

In the fall of 2016, Oregon and the Newberg/Sherwood area had a massive breakout of the Kennel Cough Complex. We were so concerned that we were involved in testing animals to determine which exact causative organisms were involved. The results showed infections with Bordetella, Parainfluenza and Mycoplasma. Currently, vaccines exist for Bordetella and Parainfluenza but not for Mycoplasma.

Until that point we considered our patients protected if they had an injectable parainfluenza vaccine in their DAPP series and a Bordetella vaccine. Unfortunately, what we found out was that dogs vaccinated with the injectable form of parainfluenza were still getting sick. At that point, we switched to an intranasal Bordetella/Parainfluenza vaccine and since doing so have not had a patient show clinical signs of the kennel cough complex.

If you receive your vaccinations at another clinic, they may have a different vaccine protocol. Our current protocol requires an intranasal Bordetella/Parainfluenza vaccine for any elective surgeries, grooming, boarding, and kennel baths. The intranasal vaccine needs to ideally be given at least 5 days prior to coming to the clinic and then lasts for a year.

This requirement is for your pets’ protection but also for the health and safety of hospitalized pets with suppressed immune systems. Pets can shed the kennel cough complex for about 5 days before they show clinical signs; if a pet is not vaccinated it could be a carrier and contribute to making other pets ill.

We appreciate your help in helping keep all our clients healthy and well.