We understand how upsetting it can be to have a pet that doesn’t feel well. Unfortunately, we can never guarantee a dog won’t catch kennel cough while boarding, in the same way, your child’s school or daycare can’t guarantee they won’t pick up a cold or flu bug. Kennel cough is possible anywhere there are groups of dogs: kennels, dog parks, doggy daycare, dog groomers – even just on a neighbourhood walk meeting all their furry friends.
However, we can guarantee that we’re going to do everything we can to make that less likely. We have strict vaccine requirements, and stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures to limit the possibility of kennel cough and other diseases spreading amongst the dogs. You can also rest assured that should a case of kennel cough pop up we have strict procedures to follow to help prevent it from spreading among the other guests.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that dogs are at their most contagious before they even show symptoms, so much like our common cold or flu a dog carrying kennel cough can be infecting other pets without anyone even knowing. Since dogs generally start showing symptoms anywhere from 4 – 14 days after exposure, it’s not uncommon for a dog carrying the disease to come in over a weekend and shed the virus and then go home before even showing symptoms, which makes it very challenging to know where it may have come from.
Always know that we’re doing everything we can to make sure every one of our furry guests stays safe, happy and healthy for their stay.