Review this post, (a veterinary review, what the Merck manual has to say, a couple notes from a research guide):
From the Merck guide, referenced above:
Treatment is ciprofloxacin (10–20 mg/kg, PO, bid). B bronchiseptica possesses a β-lactamase and is resistant to many penicillins and cephalosporins and mostly resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Most isolates are sensitive to doxycycline (2.5–5 mg/kg, PO, bid) and fluoroquinolones (marbofloxacin, 4 mg/kg/day, PO; ciprofloxacin, 10–20 mg/kg, PO, bid; enrofloxacin, 5–10 mg/kg, PO, bid for 14 days).
Guinea Lynx member melcvt00 writes:
"Bordetella is an airborne disease. It is very easily transmissible from one animal to another, even if they don't come into contact with each other. Transmission through contact is possible as well, because sneezing is usually involved, and those little buggers stay around for a bit, so it would be very probable to give bordetella to lots of animals just by touching them. " [See thread]
"Bordetella infection can be picked up by rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs, cats (if they are very young and housed in groups), and other dogs. It is not contagious to humans though it is closely related to Bordetella pertussis, the agent of Whooping Cough."
- What are the symptoms of Bordetella?
Pinta writes, "It isn't common with pigs but it does happen, and when it does it's deadly. I know of 2 outbreaks, that killed the majority of the pigs. After symptoms of Bordetella show, it progresses incredibly rapidly. Watering eyes, puffed fur, and sitting with faces in the corner of the cage are just some of the symptoms I remember being related. Some of pigs died within hours of showing illness."
- Bordetella vaccination?
Discussion thread about vaccinating guinea pigs for the Bordetella disease.
- Jennicat's recap of her experience with Bordetella
Jennicat's boy, Gizmo, came from Petsmart with Bordetella. It lasted several months, and he was heavily treated with Bactrim, Baytril, Ciprofloxacin, and Zithromax.
- Bordetella transmission from dog to pig?
Suggestions for how to keep your guinea pig(s) safe from another pet that has Bordetella.