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  • My dog was given a medication through his nose at his annual appointment. I was curious as to what this was called and what it was for.

    I recommend that you talk to your veterinarian about this question. There are a few medications that can be given in the nose but the most likely during a preventive care visit is a bordetella vaccine. This vaccine protects against certain upper respiratory infections that are usually transmitted by contact with infected dogs or areas where infected dogs have been. These disease can cause a severe upper respiratory infection or even pneumonia.

    The germs enter the dog's body through the respiratory tract and giving the vaccine in the nose provides local immunity in the respiratory tract and also provides blood immunity like an injection would. Your vet can confirm that the bordetella vaccine was what was given in the nose and answer any other questions that you may have about the visit. 
     


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