July 22, 2020 Dogs Responsible Pet Ownership

Bordetella Vaccinations in New York City

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Bordetella Vaccinations in New York City

One of my clients recently requested I change the expiration date on her dog’s vaccinations, specifically, the vaccination for Bordetella bronchiseptica. The request was made because she had heard that New York City laws regarding the frequency of Bordetella vaccination had changed and her dog no longer needed to be vaccinated every 6 months. Worried that I had missed this rule change, I searched the New York City Council website and found the Bill and the Health Code related to Bordetella vaccination. Let’s take a closer look at this new recommendation…

What is Bordetella?

Bordetella bronchiseptica is just one of the bacteria and viruses responsible for causing canine infectious respiratory disease, also known as kennel cough. Bordetella is highly contagious and spreads rapidly where dogs are in close proximity, as in a boarding kennel. Not all canine respiratory pathogens have vaccines, but veterinarians can easily vaccinate dogs against Bordetella without a needle, using either an intranasal or oral vaccine. In NYC, veterinarians have administered Bordetella vaccine twice a year for as long as I can remember.

The Bill Says……

The New York City Council Bill Int 1570-A was signed into law in November 2019 by Mayor de Blasio and went into effect at the end of February 2020. The bill ensures that dogs entering kennels, businesses, or establishments are in compliance with the New York City Health Code Article 161, which requires dogs to be vaccinated for Bordetella twice a year and annually for the viruses that cause distemper, parainfluenza, infectious hepatitis (adenovirus) and parvovirus. Owners must provide the kennel with a copy of a vaccination certificate.

No change to the certificate

The biannual Bordetella vaccine required by Int 1570-A doesn’t change our current practice in NYC and also doesn’t change the vaccination certificate of the dog that started this conversation. I think the confusion might have stemmed from an earlier version of the bill which recommended a change in Bordetella vaccine frequency. Ultimately the New York City Council did not change Bordetella frequency. To learn more about needless vaccines in veterinary medicine, read a prior blogpost on the topic.

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