s. However, dogs that attend dog parks, boarding facilities, and dog shows are more likely to contract the disease. Many of these facilities require that you provide proof of your dog’s Bordetella vaccination before your dog can enter. Vaccines for dogs are effective immediately. Vaccine lasts 12 months The Bordetella vaccine is given to dogs in puppyhood and early adulthood to help protect against the highly contagious disease kennel cough. It causes a runny nose and a bad cough and is often life-threatening in puppies. Vaccination can be administered through the nose or through the gums. You need to consider your dog’s tolerance level before choosing a vaccination. A kennel cough vaccination is a two-stage process that protects your dog against several diseases. The vaccine contains two components: Bordetella bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza virus. This protection lasts for up to 12 months. The vaccine protects your dog against kennel cough for up to 12 months. The first vaccine is administered in three days, the second at two weeks, and the third and fourth at four-week intervals. Side effects of kennel cough vaccine A recent kennel cough vaccine has resulted in some dogs experiencing the first symptoms of the disease weeks or months after being given the shot. This may be because the vaccine has already worn off or was improperly administered. Some dogs are more susceptible to these side effects than others, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of getting a dog ill. Fortunately, the vaccine itself does not cause kennel cough, but can cause some mild symptoms. Many veterinarians disagree with the benefits of Bordetella vaccination, as they believe it weakens the immune system. Still, many people agree that this vaccine can prevent respiratory infections and kennel cough. While these side effects are relatively mild, they should not be ignored. There are other reasons why vaccinations are necessary for dogs. However, if the dog is going to be living in a kennel, it may be necessary to vaccinate your dog.