A condition of boarding is that your pet is fit and healthy and must have proof of current vaccinations, including kennel cough which must be given at least 14 days prior to boarding.
We do need to see up to date vaccination certificates on arrival. Any pet which does not have an up to date vaccination certificate will NOT be accepted for the stay booked, and you may be liable for the full balance of the stay booked.
You may wish to bring your dog’s vaccination card in to us ahead of his/ her stay, which will minimise the check in process on the day. If so, please telephone ahead and arrange a mutually convenient time to do this.
If you have lost your vaccination card, your vet should be able to provide you with a replacement one, or ask you vet to email us through the vaccination details and dates given.
Dogs must be fully inoculated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza, and must have had their booster injections within the previous twelve months.
Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is an upper respiratory infection affecting dogs. There are multiple causative agents, the most common being the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica, followed by canine parainfluenza virus and to a lesser extent canine coronavirus. It is highly contagious; however adult dogs may display immunity to reinfection even under constant exposure. Unfortunately, Kennel cough is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs in the close quarters like a kennel or animal shelter, or anywhere where animals congregate.
Viral and bacterial causes of canine cough are spread through airborne droplets produced by sneezing and coughing. These agents also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. Symptoms begin after a several day incubation period post-exposure, and in most cases will clear up on their own. However in young puppies or immunocompromised animals, mixed or secondary infections can progress to lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
This disease is not a zoonose, i.e. it cannot be transmitted to humans.The Incubation period is 5–7 days (with a range of 3–10). Symptoms can include a harsh, dry cough, retching, sneezing, snorting, gagging or vomiting in response to light pressing of the trachea or after excitement or exercise. The presence of a fever varies from case to case.
Although most kennels require proof of vaccination, the vaccination is not a fail-safe preventative. Just like human influenza, even after receiving the vaccination, a dog can still contract mutated strains or less severe cases.
For advice about vaccinations, please consult with your own veterinary surgeon in good time prior to boarding.
If your pet takes any medication, vitamins, or supplements that will need to be administered during his or her stay, please bring all medications in the original prescription container, with the pet’s name, dosage and reason for the medication.
Medications must be accompanied by a veterinarian’s dosage recommendation. Please tell us if your dog has been to the vets in the last 6 months for anything other than routine vaccinations. We will be happy to administer drugs as directed, at no extra charge.