Transmission of Bordetella bronchiseptica between dogs and cats

Epidemiological evidence shows that the isolation of Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb) from cats is frequently associated with the presence, in the same household, of dogs with recent respiratory tract disease..

Bb infection in cats has been reported following outbreaks of kennel cough in dogs within the same households. Furthermore, in one such case the isolates of Bb from the cats and dogs were shown, by molecular techniques, to be identical. This suggests that Bb may be transmitted between dogs and cats.

The implication of this evidence is that cats that are in regular contact with dogs are at risk from Bb infection.

Bordetella bronchiseptica may be transmitted between dogs and cats.

Bordetella bronchiseptica may be transmitted between dogs and cats.