I’m not sure if I have ever heard of a dog needing a bordetella shot, but let me explain why a bordetella shot is not a good idea for our dogs. Bordetella is a rare disease that has been around since 1875 and is considered to be one of the most serious diseases in the canine world. It is also considered to be one of the most fatal in the human world.
The disease is caused by an infection of a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis. It is transmitted by breathing in droplets of a person’s saliva. When you take a bite or lick something that has B. pertussis on it it can be very deadly. The bacteria can survive for about a day and as long as you’re not at the beach doing something like swimming the waves don’t have all the bacteria.
The disease is most common in hot, dry climates, such as tropical areas. In the summer months youll find the disease in swarms in the air and on the ground. The disease is most common in males and females under the age of 5 and can also affect infants.
So how often do you need to give your dog a shot? If your dog is under five years old and youve never had the disease or know anyone who has, youll do well to be especially diligent about it. If youve been bitten and you have the disease you probably need to get it confirmed by a vet. It can be extremely serious and last up to a year if you do not manage to get the virus.
The bordetellae are microscopic plant spores that cause the most common form of illness in dogs, the “bubonic plague”. If youve been bitten it is generally a very painful and uncomfortable experience. Some people are immune to the disease, others don’t react well to it and have to give it a shot. As you can imagine, this can be a stressful experience. In fact the disease is so rare that there are very few documented cases.
How common is the disease? A bordetella can be transmitted from dog to dog, and the more cases you see, the more likely it is that the disease will be spread. The disease is more common in warm climates and in areas where people are frequenting water. If there is more than one infected dog, the disease can spread to many more dogs. The more cases you see, the more likely it is that there will be a lot of infected dogs.
It’s hard to get a solid number on the true number of cases because each dog is tested for the disease every three years.
For the record, it’s estimated that there were over 130 documented cases in the US in 2005, but there were only about 100 in the UK. If you assume that there are roughly the same number of cases in the US and UK, then the number of dogs infected with the disease is probably more like 10,000.
The good news is that you don’t actually need to be sick to get a bordetella shot. There are some exceptions, most notably when people who have the disease are immunocompromised, but this is usually a result of being on a long flight. The bad news is that infected dogs are no longer allowed in any public areas and are often treated with antibiotics.
Dogs infected with bordetella normally do not develop any disease symptoms, but if they do they’re treated with antibiotics. However, they still need shots of antibiotics to prevent it from spreading to people, so it’s not a good idea to let your dog have a bordetella shot.