, Newburyport, MA


June 14, 2013

Protect your pet from kennel cough


The intranasal vaccine can cause coughing or other kennel cough symptoms in some dogs. This does not happen with the injectable vaccine.

Some dogs absolutely hate the intranasal vaccines and will put up a big struggle to avoid it. You can’t imagine how strong and wiggly your dog is until he tries to get away during that vaccine administration. For those patients, the injectable vaccine is probably a better option.

The first time the injectable vaccine is given, it needs to be repeated a few weeks later to be effective. Unfortunately, some people forget this booster. Studies have shown that these dogs are not protected.

No kennel cough vaccine will be 100 percent effective, because the disease can be caused by many different germs.

Enjoy your vacation and let Fido enjoy his, too. If he gets the sniffles, give him lots of rest and TLC. If he doesn’t get better, then a checkup and some medicine may be just what the doctor ordered.


Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital ( She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to

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