Most places where your pet would be boarded, whether while you're on vacation or after surgery, require bordetella vaccine. In human terms, I guess you would relate it to the flu shot. Just an extra precaution.
I get Cooper his because he's around a lot of dogs on a regular basis and you never know who's got a runny nose. :lol:
Lily goes to doggy daycare so I get her vaccinated every year for kennel cough. Oddly enough, my daycare owner doesn't believe in it because the vaccine only protects against 3 of the bacteria and there are something like 17 that can cause kennel cough. But Lily has a heart murmur so the symptoms would be much worse if she were to contract it.
Plus bordatella is airborne so if your pup is anywhere near a infected dog, they could contract it.
It is important too to also remember that kennel cough (or what is commonly referred to as kennel cough) can be caused by many different viruses/bacteria and Bordatella Brochisepta is only one of them, Distemper, Adenovirus, etc... are also causes of kennel cough.
Is it necessary? In some areas YES, mostly urban or suburban areas where the animal population is high and chance of airborne contamination is high. It is recommended in all major and surrounding cities, but in places such as farm countries, risk of infection is low, so it may not be recommended.
I always always always do bordatella. Its painless for the dog, because its intranasal..( nosedrops) and k. cough is so cantageous. Its airborn and can be transfered from humans to dogs. Even if someone pets your dog...if they petted a dog w/ k. cough earlier...now your dog may get it. Bordatella is fairly inexpensive...I would definatley do it.