At Dog-Gone Beautiful your pets safety is our #1 priority.

We require veterinary proof of DHLPP, Rabies, and Bordatella annually. New clients please bring vaccine proof for your pet to your first grooming appointment or you may have your veterinarian email vaccination proof to or Fax: 248-924-2859


What is Bordetella?

Bordetella Bronchiseptica is the most common bacteria that causes Canine Cough, more commonly called Kennel Cough. However, Parainfluenza or Adenovirus may also cause sickness to an animal that is not properly vaccinated.

These bacteria are similar to the “common cold” for humans. They cause irritation in the dog’s throat that can cause coughing for 7-21 days after exposure to the bacteria.

How is Bordetella transmitted?

Even in the cleanest environment or facility Bordetella can exist. Bordetella is an airborne bacteria, so unvaccinated animals in a confined, densely populated area will be most susceptible. Bordetella can also be transmitted by direct contact such as licking, sharing water or toys, and nuzzles, similar to humans catching a cold from sharing an elevator or airplane with a sick person.

How does DGB avoid this?

DGB prides itself on the use of professional-grade, superior cleaning products. Throughout our doggie-occupied day, DGB uses pet-safe disinfecting products for the air, floors - because accidents happen - water bowls, and all surfaces regularly utilized by our furry friends.

After each day, we repeat these cleaning techniques from ceiling to floor with deep-cleaning, disinfecting products, similar to products many hospitals use to avoid spread of infection and disease.

Has DGB ever had any issues with Bordetella in our facility?

No! DGB knows the importance of keeping a clean, safe environment for your pet. Although spread of infection is never completely avoidable, we REQUIRE that your pet be up-to-date on vaccines including, Bordetella, Distemper, and Rabies. These required vaccines help us by protecting our facility, your pet, and the other DGB pets.

Is Canine Influenza (“The Dog Flu” or CIV) the same as Bordetella?

No. However, Canine Influenza is similar to Bordetella in that it is a respiratory infection.

There are two strains of “The Dog Flu”, H3N2 and H2N8. Preventative vaccines for both strains of Canine Influenza were approved in 2009 and 2015. Your veterinarian can provide more information on your specific pet’s needs for these vaccines. However, vaccines for CIV are considered a “Lifestyle Vaccine”. If your dog is regularly in contact with other animals at places such as dog parks, kennels, daycare, or grooming facilities, you may want to ask your vet about the CIV vaccines.