A few points I wish to communicate from sources from various Veterinarian practices and online are:
The Bordetella is a virus and as such is untreatable in-and-of-itself with medicine or antibiotics. The antibiotics often times prescribed are to potentially prevent a secondary infection to the lungs. (The Veterinarians that I have spoken vary from not treating the condition and let it run its course to a considerable regimen of medications and everything in-between). No right or wrong just differing approaches.
Rarely, I have heard from these same sources, is the condition/cold life threatening or debilitating. Only the much older or very young puppy's are at more risk. Like people with a cough/cold the dogs are at times a little run down and tired for a few days. The hard part is having to listen to your pet coughing that often times sounds like the barking of a seal or similar. For a few days they may be hacking up phlegm as they working out the by-products in their lungs as we would in the same situation.
On the more positive side once they have acquired it and it has run its course the immune system is exercised and they are far less likely to get it again. They are usually active with the cold/cough for anywhere from 3 to 7 days on average.
Dogs more likely to acquire it are ones that don't socialize with other dogs very often and/or have either never boarded previously or very seldom.
When we see the dogs actively coughing we separate them out so they do not have direct contact or face to face interactions to minimize the transmission. It is primarily an airborne transmitted organism.
One of the hardest challenges is that the Bordetella/cold is most often contagious several days prior to showing symptoms (cough/sneeze/hacking) and some dogs are carriers without hardly or not showing any symptoms. The incubation period from contact with the virus has been stated to be anywhere from 2 to 14 days depending on which source you site.
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