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Vaccination Requirement Information

No cat or dog will be allowed to board at the DSPCA Pet Boarding without all their yearly vaccinations, including kennel cough for dogs, being fully completed and up to date.  Vaccinations must be fully completed at least 14 days prior to their arrival to us.  We require veterinary proof of vaccinations so please do not forget to bring your veterinary vaccination card with you to avoid refusal.


Vaccinations help to prevent your pet picking up illnesses such as Parvo Virus in dogs and Panleukopenia in cats so it is vital your pet has protection before going into an boarding environment so we have a strict vaccination policy and we have a strict cleaning regime using a high grade disenfectant to protect your pet and our other guests as your pet's health is paramount to us.   We will refuse entry to any pet that is not vaccinated correctly or you do not have veterinary proof of vaccinations.  

Your vet will give you a vaccination card with the date of the vaccination, what vaccinations were done and what is the date you need to get the next vaccination done.  We need to see this vaccination card before your pet will be allowed into boarding.  We try our very best to prevent the spread of illness but as your vet should explain to you vaccinations are not 100% effective against diseases.

Can't find your vaccination card or not sure of your dates:
If you can't find your vaccination card please contact your vet for a replacement as we require veterinary proof that your pet has been correctly vaccinated.  Your vet will keep records of all vaccinations so please contact them if you are not sure the dates of last vaccination or if your pet has all the correct vaccinations,

Kennel Cough Vaccination for Dogs
The more time your dog spends around other dogs (at the park, vets, grooming shops, boarding kennels, dog parks, on the street, doggy daycare, pet shops, etc), the higher the risk of contracting kennel cough.  Kennel Cough is an airbourne virus and unfortunately dogs who are vaccinated can still pick up Kennel Cough as the vaccination does not cover all strains of the virus. 

The Kennel Cough vaccination lasts 1 year and it is a live vaccine that is sprayed up the dogs nose. The vaccine starts to work 72 hours after it is administered, howevery there is a 10 day incubation period for kennel cough so the dog can have kennel cough and not show any symptoms up to 10 days after the vaccine is administered but they can be passing on the illness to other dogs during this time.  Dogs who are vaccinated can unfortunately also pick up kennel cough and not display any symptoms of kennel cough for 10 days but be contagious to other dogs.  The Kennel Cough vaccination has to be completed 14 days before your dogs first day for boarding, there are no exceptions.  See the information at the end of this page for more information on Kennel Cough. 

If your pets previous standard vaccination was done more than 12 months ago:
Once you complete your first double vaccinations your pet just needs to get a yearly vaccination which your vet will refer to as their booster.  Make a note of this date in your calendar so that you don't forget it because if you forget and your pet's vaccinations go out of date you will have to start from scratch which takes 4-5 weeks and requires two vet appointments.  Your cat or dog will need to have a full course of vaccinations which requires two sets of injections over a period of 4 weeks for dogs and 5 weeks for cats. 

This means you will need to get a vaccination injection done and go back for a second vaccination two weeks later for a dog and go back for the second vaccination for cats three weeks later.  Your pet is not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the second vaccination injection so please check your vaccination dates before making a booking as we cannot take your pet in our boarding centre until two weeks after the second vaccination date.

If your cat or dog has not been vaccinated before with their standard vaccinations:
If your cat or dogs vaccinations need to be fully completed, ie they have never had a vaccination before they will need to have a full course of vaccinations which requires two sets of injections over a period of 4 weeks for dogs and 5 weeks for cats. 

This means you will need to get a vaccination injection done and go back for a second vaccination two weeks later for a dog and go back for the second vaccination for cats three weeks later.  Your pet is not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the second vaccination injection so please check your vaccination dates before making a booking as we cannot take your pet in our boarding centre until two weeks after the second vaccination date.

Kennel Cough is not required for a Pet Passport:
The kennel cough vaccination is not a requirement if you are getting your dog a pet passport so vets will not automatically give this vaccination to your dog unless you request it specifically. Kennel Cough is a required vaccination to stay with us and it must be given by your vet at least 14 days prior to your dogs stay with us.

Getting a new dog or cat:
If you get a new pet from a breeder, a rescue organisation, etc make sure to ask for their vaccination card.  Also make sure that the vaccinations have been done by a qualified, certfied vet as they are null and void if they have been done by anyone that is not a qualified, certfied vet and your new vet will have to start from scratch with the vaccinations.

 

What is the Kennel Cough vaccination that dogs need?

The Kennel Cough vaccination is an intranasal vaccination and is not part of the yearly booster injection for your dog so please check with your vet if your dog is vaccinated against it before making your booking.

Kennel Cough is a very common and contagious disease mostly contracted by dogs, it is not contagious to humans.  Your pet will be constantly hacking and coughing, sometimes spitting up bits of phlegm. Over exertion or excitment can trigger it and make it much worse, so limiting your dogs amount of exercise is recommended while suffering from kennel cough. An immediate vet check up followed by rest and relaxation is the best course of action to take.

Kennel cough in dogs is an airbourne virus and can be compared to the human flu.  In most cases Kennel Cough is not serious, and will only last up to a week or two. However, in more serious cases it can last up to several months, and can be extremely uncomfortable for your dog. It’s important to have your dog checked out as soon as it begins showing signs of kennel cough as it may be symptoms of another more serious condition your dog is suffering from.

How Your Dog or Pet Can Get It

The more time your dog spends around other dogs (at the park, boarding kennels, vets, grooming shops, dog parks, on the street, doggy daycare, pet shops, etc), the higher the risk of contracting kennel cough.  Kennel Cough is an airbourne virus so can spread very easily even if your dog has been vaccinated.

Some dogs will not display any symptoms whatsoever of kennel cough, but can still transmit it to others. This is why the more time your dog spends with other dogs, the higher the risk.

Kennel cough is not usually a serious condition, but can be very irritating for your dog and in some cases can develop into a more serious disease. If your dog or pet is showing any of the following symptoms listed below, it’s important to give it the proper care so that it can recover as soon as possible.

Kennel cough symptoms can range from the obvious honking cough, to a lack of exercise, to hacking up foamy liquid. It is important to monitor your dog for strange symptoms, especially if you visit dog parks on a regular basis.

Symptoms


The Cough

Kennel cough can almost sound like a honking noise at times. It’s a persistent dry hacking that sounds like your dog is going to vomit. It’s common for your dog to cough many times in succession with the final cough looking and sounding like your dog is trying to hack something out. This is very uncomfortable for your pet, and can put a big strain on it’s body if it’s not treated right away. This is the most apparent kennel cough symptom.

Most dogs will still want to be active regardless of their cough. However, if you notice that the cough gets worse every time they go for a run, it’s most likely kennel cough, and is best to limit their exercise until all symptoms of the cough are gone. It may be hard to deny your pets the exercise they look forward to everyday, but rest is is much more important in this situation so they can recover as quickly as possible.

Hacking up Foamy Liquid and Phlegm

Hacking up phlegm is a common symptom of kennel cough, the same way humans do when we have the flu. It is also possible that they may throw up liquid and foam. If they eat their food or drink their water too quickly, they may puke up their dinner and phlegmy water due to an irritated throat. Some dogs won’t cough anything up during kennel cough, but are still suffering from a painful and uncomfortable throat (respiratory tract) disease that should be treated right away.

Depression and Sickness

Many dogs will remain happy and active during kennel cough, however depending on the length and severity of the disease it may start to wear your pet down. It’s extremely important to monitor your dog closely if they start acting out of the norm. If they begin showing signs of sickness and/or depression for more than a day or two they should be brought to a vet immediately.

Other less obvious kennel cough symptoms might include sneezing, a loss in appetite, redness around the eyes, and/or a runny nose.

Kennel cough does not usually last long, however in serious cases it can last up to a few months. Please note that kennel cough is extremely contagious so it’s best not to let your dog near other animals until it has fully recovered.

 

 

 

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