FAQs

What Do I Bring?

  • Blanket or towel that smells like home for on top of the Kuranda Bed I provide for your pup.
  • Food- if your dog is a finicky eater or on a special diet, please bring enough food for your dog during their stay.
  • Leash- All dogs must be on a leash or in your arms when arriving at the kennel. If you forgot- please ask for a leash BEFORE bringing your dog out of your vehicle.
  • Toys & Chews- I encourage owners to bring chews like antlers or non-greasy bones. Toys are welcome but please limit to one or two.
  • Medications- if your dog is on medication, please bring enough for your dogs stay.
  • Treats- if you want your dog to have specific treats- please bring.

 

One of the public relations problems for pet care facilities continues to be a much misunderstood disease in dogs called -canine cough, – tracheobronchitis, or often improperly referred to as -kennel cough.- As a dog owner you should be aware of some of the facts about this disease.

What is – Canine Cough?

 

Infectious tracheobronchitis is a highly contagious, upper-respiratory disease which is spread by an air-borne virus. The incubation period of the disease is roughly 3 to 7 days. The main symptom is a hacking cough, sometimes accompanied by sneezing and nasal discharge, which can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Although this coughing is very annoying, it does not usually develop into anything more serious. However, just as with common cold, it can lower the dog’s resistance to other disease making him susceptible to secondary infections, and so he must be observed closely to avoid complications.

How is it cured?

 

Just as in the case of the common cold, tracheobronchitis is not ‘cured’ but must run its course. Many times antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent secondary infection, and sometimes cough suppressants will be prescribed to reduce excessive coughing, but these medications do not attack the disease itself.

Does tracheobronchitis occur only in kennels?

 

No. Since these viruses can be present anywhere, and can travel for considerable distances through the air, they can affect any dog… even one that never leaves its own back yard. But tracheobronchitis is more likely to occur when the concentration of dogs is greater such as at dog shows, kennels, dog daycares, veterinarian offices and hospitals as well as pet shops. Dogs can also be exposed while running loose or while being walked near other dogs, or playing in the park.

But aren’t the chances of catching it greater when a dog is in a kennel?

 

Yes… because, in a kennel, a dog encounters two conditions that do not usually exist at home… proximity to a number of potentially contagious dogs, and the stress and excitement of a less familiar environment, which can result in lower resistance to disease (these same factors explain why children are more likely to catch the flu at school, rather than at home). But the more frequently a dog boards a kennel, the greater are the chances that he/she will acquire immunity to the disease. Even during a widespread outbreak, only a fairly small percentage of exposed dogs are affected.

Are these viruses a constant problem?

 

No. Tracheobronchitis, like the flu, is often seasonal. It also tends to be epidemic. When veterinarians begin to see cases, they normally come from every kennel in town, as well as from individual dog owners whose dogs were not kenneled at all. When the outbreak is over, they might not see another case for months.

Can my dog be vaccinated to protect him from tracheobronchitis?

 

Yes! Vaccines against parainfluenza and adenovirus type 2 (in combination with other vaccines) are routinely used as part of an adult dog’s yearly checkup. Puppies are usually vaccinated for these in combination with distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus in a series of immunizations. It is important to note that the vaccines that are used to prevent this viral disease are made from one strain of over 100 different strains of the virus and therefore are not as effective against some strains as others. Some strains are not included in any vaccine, therefore, there is no prevention against them. Intra-nasal vaccines are also available for Bordetella bronchiseptica (another cause of canine cough). Although some veterinary practices do not use this vaccination routinely, it should be considered for pets that board or for those whose veterinarian recommends it. Your veterinarian is in the best position to recommend a program of preventative health care management depending on your pet’s needs.

Can’t the boarding kennel or daycare prevent my dog from catching tracheobronchitis?

 

Unfortunately, no amount of supervision, sanitation, or personalized care can prevent a dog from “catching” an airborne virus. All that a good pet care facility can do is recommend immunization against tracheobronchitis, refuse to admit an obviously sick dog, follow responsible cleaning and sanitation practices, listen and watch for any signs of sickness, and make sure that any dog requiring veterinary attention receives it as quickly as possible. (Strangely, the dog with parainfluenza alone may not appear ill, yet is contagious). You have a right to expect a pet care facility to provide the best possible care just as that facility has a right to expect you to accept financial responsibility for such care.

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Grooming Your Dog

Grooming is an extremely important, but much-misunderstood art/science. Your professional groomer would like you to understand more about this service that can improve your dog’s health, appearance and social acceptance. The following questions are the most frequently asked, and the answers should help clarify some of the more common misconceptions about grooming.

Why should I have my dog groomed? I thought that only poodles needed grooming.

 

Most pet owners confuse ‘grooming’ with ‘clipping.’ Clipping (which is commonly done to poodles, spaniels, terriers, as well as to mixed breed dogs), is only one procedure in the grooming process. Grooming also includes combing and brushing, cutting nails and plucking hair from ears. (Many groomers feel that parasite control and teeth cleanings are best left to veterinarians.) Although the most obvious result of these procedures is an improved appearance, the major benefits to your pet are increased comfort and social acceptability, and perhaps even improved health.

Do all dogs need grooming?

 

All dogs need an occasional bath, but it is more important to keep your dog combed and brushed, especially if your dog has long hair. Matted hair can easily cause skin problems and unnecessary discomfort for your pet. If neglected for too long, it might eventually necessitate a lengthy grooming session, which could be uncomfortable for your pet and expensive for you. Regular brushing, on the other hand, improves your dog’s skin tone and circulation, and makes the coat healthier and more attractive.

My dog has a very strong odor. Bathing doesn’t seem to do any good. Why?

 

It’s possible that your dog’s teeth, ears, or anal sacs are responsible for the problem. Your groomer will be able to help you to determine the nature of the problem and refer you to your veterinarian, if necessary.

What are anal glands?

 

They are small sacs located on either side of the rectum. They sometimes need to be expressed or emptied. Some groomers accomplish this as a part of the grooming service. If this is the cause of your dog’s odor problem, bathing alone will not solve it. Your groomer will be happy to explain this procedure in more detail.

My dog doesn’t smell bad, but I bathe him once a week. Is that enough?

 

More than enough. Most dogs do not need to be bathed more than once a month. Some do not need to be bathed more than once every six months, unless they get extremely dirty. However, longhaired dogs should be brushed out properly at least once a week, in lieu of a bath.

What kind of brush should I use?

 

That depends on the type of coat. Please ask your groomer about the equipment that is correct for your pet.

My dog scratches all the time, but I can’t find any fleas on him/her. What’s the problem?

Scratching is often caused by dry skin and not fleas. This could be the result of excessive bathing, dry climate, nutritional deficiency, allergies, or the wrong type of shampoo. Discuss this problem with your groomer or veterinarian.

Why do my dog’s nails get so long?

 

Because your dog doesn’t walk on hard surfaces often enough to keep them worn down. You should have them checked at least once a month. Walking on pavement will help wear them down naturally.

My dog doesn’t behave when I try to brush him. How do you get him to stand still?

Most dogs tend to be on their best behavior with groomers, especially when they sense the firm yet gentle touch that marks the experienced professional. It is rare for a groomer to encounter a dog with a drastic temperament problem. In these infrequent cases, the groomer might ask the owner to have his or her veterinarian administer a mild tranquilizer prior to grooming. This protects the pet from injuring himself and enables the groomer to complete the grooming quickly.

Many times, a dog that reacts badly to grooming at first, will learn to accept and appreciate the process as the dog becomes more at ease with the groomer, and realizes how much better it feels after grooming. Younger animals (puppies) learn to accept grooming faster and enjoy it more than a pet that is not groomed until an adult age, or groomed infrequently.

I have my dog clipped every six months, but she doesn’t look as pretty as my neighbor’s dog. Is that my groomer’s fault?

Your neighbor probably has regular six to eight week appointment with the groomer, and keeps the dog well brushed between appointments. This kind of regular attention enables the groomer to devote more time and effort to beautifying the dog, rather than to de-matting and trying to salvage a neglected coat.

Should I bathe my dog before taking him to my groomer?

 

One of the worst problems that confront groomers is to work on a dog that has been bathed without being brushed out completely. The result of such a practice is a coat that is so firmly matted that clipping is sometimes the only solution. Ask your groomer if bathing at home prior to grooming is recommended, and always brush your dog properly before bathing.

How old should my dog be before she has her first grooming appointment?

 

Even though a three-month-old puppy is not usually in need of grooming, you should take your pet to your groomer to get him or her used to full grooming gradually. In this way, your pet will learn to accept grooming as a happy experience that he will enjoy.

Remember that professional groomers are specially qualified to advise you about the type of grooming and grooming equipment that is best for your pet. They can advise you of techniques for grooming your dog at home, and can provide the finest service available at their pet care facility. Many times, your groomer will be able to detect potential health problems, which should be handled by your veterinarian, before you might ordinarily notice them. Problems such as possible ear infections or mites, skin disorders, unusual growths, and parasites, etc.,are more easily detected as a result of regular grooming. Your groomer is familiar with the type of grooming that will make your pet look his or her best and can also provide special baths for fleas and ticks, dry skin problems, and, in cooperation with your veterinarian, medicated baths for special problems. Good health and good looks go hand in hand with good grooming… and nobody likes a dirty dog. The best team for accomplishing this is your veterinarian, your professional groomer, and you.