While you are responsible for the care of your canine companion, there may be occasions where you simply aren’t able to accommodate him and his requirements for a short period of time. There may be a variety of reasons for this, ranging from going on vacation or a business trip to becoming unwell and needing someone to temporarily care for your beloved dog while you are unable to do so yourself.
While you will undoubtedly not be delighted about being away from your pet, you can do sufficient research and take recommendations from others to find a boarding facility that will offer your furbaby the care and compassion he needs while you are separated. However, even after you have found a service that you are happy with, there will still be a number of other important things to consider, not least what their entry requirements are.
Any good boarding facility will have a strict set of rules regarding the admittance of animals, particularly in relation to vaccinations. This is done in order to protect all of the dogs boarding there (and in the case of zoonotic diseases, the humans working and visiting) from the many infectious diseases and viruses that can be passed around the doggy population. Proof of vaccines are nearly always requested, and failure to provide these could see your dog being rejected.
Dogs and infectious diseases
Unfortunately, there are just as many contagious diseases that can affect animals as there are humans, and your dog is no exception. Vaccinations are a crucial part of your pet’s preventative health care and will help keep him safe from the illnesses that could threaten his wellbeing, and in some cases, even his life. If you are a responsible and compassionate owner, your furry best friend will inevitably have had all of the recommended vaccinations previously. However, depending on how long ago your canine was last vaccinated, you should strongly consider updating them ahead of his stay in a boarding facility.
What do my dog’s vaccines need updating before boarding?
Every boarding service has slightly different requirements with regards to the recentness of vaccines of dogs going into their facility, and you should check with your chosen kennels well in advance of your pooch going into their care.
Nevertheless, an updated vaccine isn’t just a good idea for paperwork purposes. The very nature of infectious diseases means that they can spread very quickly when a large population of animals are in close proximity to one another. This makes somewhere like a boarding facility a very high-risk environment for disease, particularly since dogs aren’t at all discerning when it comes to poking their nose or tongue in another canine’s business – often quite literally.
Since the exact length of time that a vaccine is effective for can only be estimated, and the effectiveness of some vaccines could wane over time, many pet owners feel happier if their furbaby has had a very recent dose of the necessary vaccines and is therefore as protected as he can be before going into kennels. However, your veterinarian will have details of your dog’s vaccination schedule and will be able to advise you when the next dose of the vaccine is due and whether it is safe or advisable to update his immunity at this stage. Your vet knows the health of your pet better than anyone and has the training and experience to be able to make judgements about vaccinations, so follow the recommendations given to you.
The kennel cough vaccine
When you visit your veterinarian, you should make it clear to him/her that your dog is going into temporary boarding. This is because your canine should also be given a vaccine for a condition known as kennel cough. The kennel cough vaccine is not given routinely since the disease is rarely severe, let alone fatal and many owners opt for their pup not to have it. However, since kennel cough is spread like the common cold is in humans, it is advisable for any animal going into boarding to have it in advance of their visit and many facilities will insist on it. Speak to your veterinarian about the suitability of this vaccine for your dog.
If you would like further advice on canine vaccinations or their importance before going into dog boarding, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinary team would be happy to help. Please contact
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