Sammi did this and I took her in. My vet said it was kennel cough but very early (no coughing). She never misses her vaccine but he told me there were several strains and the vaccine is not 100% on all of them. She was better in a week with antibiotics.
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Kennel Cough is not even CLOSE to 100% effective. It only protects against a few of the MANY strains, and only for a few months. Kennel Cough is usually a virus, so antibiotics actually do no good, other than lining the vet's pocket and making the owner feel like they are "doing something". The only reason to use antibiotics would be foe a secondary infection. (for instance, when people get bronchitis or a sinus infection after first having a cold
Kennel Cough in healthy animals is self-limiting, and not very serious. The vast majority of dogs recover from it with no more ill effects than we have after having a cold.
IMO, the best reason for insisting on Kennel Cough vaccine is so that boarding facilities can say, "Well, your dog didn't get it HERE! All our dogs have had KC vaccine!"
Your dog CAN pick up Kennel Cough any time s/he is exposed to other dogs, because it is passed exactly the same way a cold is. Unless you keep a completely isolated population, the possibility is there.
That said, the risk of the vaccine, IMO, is higher than the risk of the disease. (though, in fairness, it's one of the vaccines with lower side effects, too) But the fact of the matter is that if you REALLY want it for protective value, rather than because your boarding/day care/grooming facility requires it, (and that could be, if you have a dog who has other, underlying, health issues which could make any respiratory illness dangerous) you need to give it a minimum of twice a year, and some sources say every 3-4 months for real protection... because that's as long as it lasts.