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You don NOT need to keep him in the house. Parvo and Distemper are the two biggest health issues, and he is already immunized for them. IMO, you should put off Rabies as long as you can legally in your state. Mine got their Rabies shots right at 6 months, which is the date by which dogs must be vaccinated for Rabies in my state.
I don't EVER give Bordatella. In any form. The vaccine is only marginally effective, and only for 6 months, even though most people only give it to their dogs annually. It is only AT ALL effective against a few of the strains of Kennel Cough that dogs actually get. KC, is like a human cold. It is pretty contagious, but except in the case of very young puppies (who shouldn't be out in public anyway) or ever old or immune compromised dogs, it is just an inconvenience. It is not life-threatening. But vaccinosis, from too MANY vaccines CAN ruin your dog's health down the road.
IMO, the only "reason" for KC vaccine is to save boarding, day care and grooming facilities from being blamed for people's dogs picking up KC. (though they still can! even with every dog in the place having the vaccine!) In fact, the intranasal vaccine causes dogs to shed virus for about a week after it is given... meaning that your freshly vaccinated dog COULD pass the virus to another dog.
The best way to keep your dog from getting KC is to make sure they aren't sniffing noses and butts with un-known dogs, and that you ALWAY provide them with their own water source, not allowing them to "share" public water sources. If they DO get it... It's just like kids in school. KEEP THEM HOME until they are over the cough, and can't pass it to other dogs.
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