Vaccinations can help protect your loved one from a variety of serious diseases, some of which are often fatal, for this reason, all dogs staying with us must be fully vaccinated with up to date annual boosters. You will need to bring your vaccination certificate at the time of admission.
The Vaccination Will Cover
- Canine Distemper – a virus that is affects the mucous membranes within the respiratory tract of the dog. The symptoms actually resemble those of human flu, and also include a temperature, but the disease is far more serious as it also affects the nervous system
- Parvovirus – a highly contagious disease affecting the intestinal tract, white blood cells and the heart
- Canine Hepatitis – can cause internal bleeding, liver and kidney disease and central nervous system problems
- Leptosopirosis – there are several different species of leptospirosis bacteria, but symptoms are generally lethargy, inflamed kidneys, fever, vomiting and blood clotting. Leptospirosis can cause enzymes, jaundice, pneumonia and further intestinal problems.
What About “Kennel Cough” – do we insist on it?
In a short answer, no. But we do recommend it.
Kennel Cough is an airborne infection which is not limited to kennels as the name suggests. It can be caught anywhere for example, at a park, at a dog show, at the vets or even in your own garden. It can be caught wherever a dog can come in proximity to another dog carrying the infection in very much the same way as a ‘cold’ passes between humans.
Kennel Cough (more correctly called Infectious Tracheobronchitis) has several viral and bacterial causes. Only two of these – Bordatella Bronchiseptica (bacterial) and Parainfluenza (viral) are controlled by the Kennel Cough vaccines.
The Parainfluenza vaccine is given by injection and is now commonly included in your dogs annual booster.
The Bordatella Bronchisptica vaccine is given by injecting the vaccine up the dogs nose, which some can find distressing.
Although infectious bronchitis is highly infectious, it is a troublesome but not usually a life-threatening disease, which is why we leave the decision on its vaccination to your discretion.
We strongly reccomend that the Kennel Cough vaccine is given to puppies, elderly dogs and those dogs with medical problems (such as diabetes) who are more susceptible to medical complications.
The Kennel Cough immunisation is a live vaccine so your pet can display symptoms of the illness and pass it to other dogs, so we must insist the vaccine be given at least 21 days before boarding.