How often your pet needs a bordetella vaccine depends on your dog’s age and lifestyle. Based on the recommended vaccine schedule for puppies and for cats, your pet can receive a dose of the vaccine when they are 6 – 8 weeks old. Pet parents with young and adult pets will be offered an annual or semi-annual booster.
It’s important to note that most boarding facilities and doggy daycares will require your pet to have received the bordetella vaccine within the last 6 months to use their services.4
Pets who get the bordetella vaccine can get boosted annually after their first dose, but they may receive the booster more often if they’re at high risk of contracting bordetella or kennel cough. While your pet’s bordetella vaccine status is usually maintained on an annual basis, some vets recommend highly social dogs get the booster every 6 months for maximum efficacy.5
Since bordetella is an optional vaccine, you may be wondering if your pet should get it. Here are a few examples of when it may be a good idea for certain pets to get the vaccine.
While it’s often not a fatal condition and is comparable to the human cold, kennel cough is a highly contagious disease. Dogs and cats can spread bordetella simply by sniffing, touching, or licking one another. If your pet spends a significant amount of time around other animals, you may want to boost their immunity by getting the bordetella vaccine.
In a similar vein, pet parents with multiple animals may want to immunize all their pets. Your dogs and cats probably share blankets, toys, and water bowls. Bordetella and other microorganisms can live on these types of surfaces in your home. So if one pet is sick, it can easily spread to your other pets.
Puppies, kittens, and senior pets are very susceptible to infections like bordetella. Young animals’ immune systems often aren’t developed enough to fight off the bacteria. On the other hand, senior dogs and cats may have pre-existing conditions that make any sort of infection a risk to their overall health. Consider asking your vet if the bordetella vaccine is the right choice.
Bordetella can spread most commonly in dog boarding facilities. The good news is boarding facilities and doggy daycares often require pets to be vaccinated against bordetella to use their services. Dog parks, groomers, and training facilities may not have the same requirements, so you may want to err on the side of caution and vaccinate your pet to protect them.
The bordetella vaccination cost can be around $15 – $40 per shot. It’ll depend on your vet, where you live, and the dosage required, but it will likely be less than $100. If your pet’s lifestyle may put them at risk for contracting bordetella or kennel cough, have a discussion with your vet about your options. The price may be worth it to protect your four-legged friend.
Consider getting a free quote for dog insurance or cat insurance from MetLife Pet, so you can save on covered and approved veterinary expenses. Plus, with our add-on Wellness Plan, you may be able to get vaccination costs covered.6