Dog Boarding in Chicago : Is Bordatella required?

My dog has had the kennel cough (Bordatella)
vaccine and still came down with kennel
cough at another facility.
Do they really need it?

If your dog ended up getting kennel cough after receiving the Bordetella vaccine, you might be tempted to just skip it. However, it’s important to note that facilities that offer dog boarding in Chicago do require dogs to be up-to-date on the Bordetella vaccine and other vaccines under local laws. This helps reduce the risk of having dogs spread kennel cough and other diseases to others.

At DoGone Fun, we check to make sure all dogs are current on their shots before allowing them to board with us. This includes the Bordetella shot, as well as shots for distemper, parvovirus and rabies. Before scheduling your dog to board at our facility, check her records and make sure she’s up-to-date. Not all vets give Bordetalla shots with routine exams, so your dog’s vaccine might have expired. If so, you’ll need to stop by your vet to have this vaccine administered, then show us proof that she’s had the shot.

If you’re still wondering why your dog ended up with kennel cough, even with the shot, keep in mind that this vaccine isn’t 100% effective. Instead, it offers an effectiveness of about 85%. That means your dog could still catch this highly contagious respiratory illness while she’s exposed to other dogs in a confined space, such as a dog boarding facility. The bordetella vaccine works much like the flu virus that people get each year. It provides protection against some strains of the viruses that cause bordetella, but it doesn’t protect against all of them.

While all places that offer dog boarding in Chicago do require dogs to have current shots, not all of these facilities offer the same levels of cleanliness. At DoGone Fun, we keep our facility as clean as possible and ensure that all dogs have had bordetella vaccines. These precautions significantly lower the risk of having kennel cough go around our facility. Keep in mind, though, that if your dog does end up with kennel cough, it should be very mild as long as she’s had her shot.

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