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Nobivac KC (Kennel Cough) Vaccine for Dogs

  • Single Dose £9.71


Nobivac KC is used to help protect dogs from Kennel Cough, a common and often distressing respiratory disease of dogs. It is provided in singles doses which have to be made up immediately before use. The vaccine is not given by injection, but is normally administered by placing a few drops into the nose.

Please note: Although Nobivac KC is not injected, you will need to also purchase a syringe and needle to take the dose out of the bottle. This is then administered through the green tip (supplied), which is placed into the nose.


Live freeze-dried vaccine with accompanying diluent.

Each dose of 0.4 ml contains:

at least 108.0 cfu of Bordetella bronchiseptica strain B-C2 and

at least 103.0 TCID50 of canine parainfluenza virus strain Cornell.


Active immunisation of dogs against Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus for periods of increased risk; to reduce clinical signs induced by B. bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus and to reduce shedding of canine parainfluenza virus. Reduction of shedding of B. bronchiseptica has been shown from 3 months after vaccination.

Onset of immunity against Bordetella bronchiseptica has been demonstrated 72 hours after vaccination, and against canine parainfluenza virus three weeks after vaccination.

Duration of immunity: 1 year.

Dosage and administration

Dogs should be at least 3 weeks of age.

When Nobivac KC is concurrently administered (i.e. not mixed) with another Intervet vaccine as indicated below, dogs should not be younger than the minimum age recommended for the other Intervet vaccine.

Allow the diluent to reach room temperature before use.

Aseptically reconstitute the freeze-dried vaccine with the sterile diluent provided, shake well, replace the needle with the applicator tip and administer 0.4 ml into one nostril. The head of the dog should be held in a normal upright position, place the applicator tip in front of one of the nostrils and carefully administer the whole contents of the syringe into this nostril.

One dose should be given at least 72 hours prior to each period of anticipated risk, e.g. temporary kennelling. In the case of repeated and/or continuous risk, annual re-vaccination is recommended.

Contra-indications, warnings, etc

Particularly in very young susceptible puppies, mild discharges from the eyes and nose can occur from the day after vaccination, sometimes accompanied by sneezing and coughing. Signs are generally transient, but in occasional cases may persist for up to four weeks. In animals which show more severe signs, appropriate antibiotic treatment may be indicated.

Only healthy dogs should be vaccinated. Cats, pigs and unvaccinated dogs may react to the vaccine strains with mild and transient respiratory signs. Other animals, like rabbits and small rodents, have not been tested.

Do not administer in conjunction with other intranasal treatments or during antibiotic treatment. No information is available on the safety and efficacy from the use of this vaccine with any other except the live vaccines of the Nobivac series against canine distemper; canine contagious hepatitis caused by canine adenovirus type 1; respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2 and canine parvovirus disease. It is therefore recommended that no other vaccine should be administered within 14 days before or after vaccination with Nobivac KC.

In case antibiotics are administered within one week after vaccination, the vaccination should be repeated after the antibiotic treatment is finished.

Immunocompromised individuals should avoid any contact with the vaccine and vaccinated dogs for up to six weeks after vaccination.

For animal treatment only. Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Pharmaceutical precautions

Store between +2°C and +8°C. Allow the vaccine and diluent to reach room temperature. The vaccine should be used within 1 hour after reconstitution.

Dispose of waste material by boiling, incineration or immersion in an appropriate disinfectant in accordance with national requirements.

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Packaging Quantities

Cartons of 5 or 25 single dose vials with diluent.

Further information

The vaccine can be used during pregnancy.

A good immune response is reliant on the reaction of an immunogenic agent and a fully competent immune system. Immunogenicity of the vaccine antigen will be reduced by poor storage or inappropriate administration. Immuno-competence of the animal may be compromised by a variety of factors including poor health, nutritional status, genetic factors, concurrent drug therapy and stress.

Marketing Authorisation Holder (if different from distributor)

Intervet International BV, NL.

Represented by Intervet UK Ltd.

Marketing authorisation number

Vm 06376/4026.

UK authorised veterinary medicinal product.

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Hi do i need a prescription for this?

28th Sep 2015

Hi do I need a prescription for this and is it easy to administer?
Thank you

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

You do need to send us a written prescription from your vet (email, fax, post etc). The vaccine is not difficult to administer if your dog is cooperative and you are good at this sort of thing, but this would be something your vet would be better able to assess. You need to draw the vaccine into the syringe provided then dribble the drops into one nostril. If you do this yourself you would not get a vaccine certificate to show to kennels etc, but your dog would be protected if you give it correctly.

Kennel Cough Vaccine

29th May 2015

Our dog had his kennel cough vaccine on 29th July 2014. We are going away earlier this year and will be away when his current dose "expires". Therefore, he needs to have his vaccine given to him around 16th July. Will him having two doses within a one year period be problematic?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

That is no problem, it is much better to give the vaccine slightly earlier this year.

Too much vaccine

21st May 2015

should a puppy of 14 weeks and weighs 1 KG be given the kennel cough vaccine along with her other vaccinations even if she is not gong to be kennelled. also how much is the right dosage for her?


John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Vaccinations like this are generally given at the same dose regardless of the size of the patient. This vaccine is safe to give from 3 weeks of age and many puppies weigh less than 1kg at that age. I am sure it would be safe to give the full dose (1 vial) to your puppy.

How important it is to vaccinate is a completely different question. Many dogs are never vaccinated for KC and they can do perfectly well. Some of them will go on to get KC, but for most it is an unpleasant and irritating disease, but not dangerous. Occasionally it will make dogs seriously ill. Many dogs which do become infected have never been in a kennels, they just pick it up out on walks. I would not regard this vaccine as a core requirement, but it is probably a good idea to vaccinate nonetheless.

Proof of dosage

3rd Apr 2015
VioVet Visitor

How will I be able to prove to my kennel owner that I have given the dose? Usually you have a signed vaccine card from the vets?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

It is possible for us to send you a blank certificate, to which you can apply the stickers which are provided with the vaccine itself. Only a vet can sign to say that a vet has given the dose, but you can sign it yourself as the owner to say that you gave the vaccine. It is then up to the kennels to judge the value of this themselves. (You must not pretend to be a vet though, that is regarded in principle as a serious crime.)

Kennel Cough vaccine not from a vet.

9th Jun 2014
Stuart Sibbald

Is there anything preventing owners giving kennel cough vaccine to their dogs?
Can kennels turn you away on the basis this was not given by a vet?
Assume you need to record it in passport. Does it also require a stamp or is batch number sufficient?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

If your vet will write out a prescription for this vaccine (which probably he should on request, if he believes you to be capable of giving the vaccine safely) then there is nothing preventing you from giving this vaccine. However as you point out, that might not be the end of the story. Should anyone want to know if your dog has received the vaccination, such as a boarding kennels, then it is up to them whatever level of proof they wish to accept. A professional signature on a vaccine certificate is usually regarded as quite good proof. You can use the stickers provided with the vaccine to show that the vaccine has been given, but it would be up to a kennel owner (or whoever) to decide if they were happy with that. If you have a kennels in mind, then ask them first. Explain why you might want to do this. Personally I would accept an owner's declaration because the vaccine is given to hep protect that dog more than anything else. It is not likely to have a big impact on other dogs and this vaccine is not regarded as a "core" vaccine anyway. It is only moderately effective in any case. For most dogs, it is easy to give anyway, especially if it is warmed gently in your hand first, not straight from the fridge.


24th Jan 2014

hello do you get a sticker with the kennel cough for records to attach to book ,

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This vaccine is supplied with a sticker on the actual bottle. It is designed to be peeled off and put onto the vaccine record card. It states the name of the product (Nobivac KC) as well as the batch number and expiry date of the vaccine (to show it was in date when the vaccine was given). [Repeat vaccines are given once a year, which is completely different of course to the expiry date on the vaccine, which is a use-by date for that bottle.]