Paws a While Boarding Kennels

Vaccinations and Flea Treatments.

One of the first things we'll ask you when you call us is whether or not your pet is currently vaccinated to the right level.

To safeguard the health of your pet as much as possible, it's vitally important that all dogs are vaccinated to C5 level, and cats receive F3 vaccinations. Please check your pets' vaccination certificate if you're not sure, or call and check with your vet. We can't accept pets with lower level vaccinations, especially dogs with C4 or less. Your vet can explain the different vaccination levels, but mainly the difference is that C5 has added protection against Canine Cough.

Canine Cough vaccines are required annually. Other vaccines (for distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis) are available with either annual or triennial options.

Our Strict Vaccination Terms and Conditions.

If your pets are not currently vaccinated, or they need extra vaccines for boarding, you need to make sure they're treated no fewer than 14 days before they board.

A small percentage of pets can have an adverse reaction to vaccinations which will make them ill and very contagious. This is a risk regardless of how many times the pet has been vaccinated before. At Paws a While boarding kennels we cannot accept any pet within 14 days of its vaccinations, because this is the period needed to make sure a pet has not had a bad reaction. The health of all our guests is of paramount importance to us, so we will not make any exceptions to this stipulation, which is based on the advice of our most trusted vets, as well as vaccine manufacturers such as Virbac, Canigen, and Nobivac.

If your vaccinations are already the correct level, but they're due just before you need to board, please let us know. It might sound strange, but it may be best to actually leave your vaccination renewal until just after you board. Please call and ask us for details.

Another hot topic is fleas. The good news is there's a whole range of effective flea treatments around, especially the type you apply directly to your pet which kill fleas for a whole month or more. A couple of these are Frontline and Advantix.

We need to know that all the pets in our care are flea free. Please treat your pet for fleas and let us know what treatment was applied and when. Better yet, if you can, bring a dose with your pet and we'll apply it for you straight away free of charge at the time of boarding!

Canine Cough.

It's important to note that, from time to time, there is a risk of canine cough at any kennels in which you may choose to board your dog. This means that although all of our guests are vaccinated to the C5 level, some dogs may develop a cough due to factors beyond anyone's control.

We disclose this general information as part of our commitment to you, and you can be assured that we will tell you whenever the risk is heightened. You should consider as a pet owner that even dogs can occasionally have a "bad flu season." Fortunately though, very bad outbreaks are quite rare.

The main factor that makes it difficult to control canine cough is that, like many viruses, it is contagious long before any symptoms are present. This means a dog carrying canine cough (with no symptoms at all) could come in on a Monday, pass on the bug and then go home on Wednesday, without us ever having known. For us as boarding kennel operators, the problem can and does persist from time to time despite our best efforts. Because the viruses are transmitted through the air there is very little we can do. Because of this, it is impossible to declare any kennel to be a canine cough free zone.

The first thing to note about canine cough is that vaccinations can never completely prevent it. There are many strains of the virus, and vaccines can only work against a very small number of those strains at any given time. With regards to their overall effectiveness, to understand canine vaccinations the best analogies to draw on are those of the human flu, and flu shots for people.

Just as a flu shot might only lessen the severity of a dose of the flu for a person, so it is that if your dog develops a cough you can be assured it would be much worse without any protection from vaccines. Canine cough affects different dogs in different ways. Cases have been reported in which only one dog out of a pair has developed symptoms.

A cough can be transmitted from one dog to another in any environment, including outdoor situations such as parks or beaches. Occasionally our vet reports many cases from both boarding and non-boarding situations. However, before you board your dog in any kennel you need to consider that there is always a higher risk than there is at home.

With all of that said, our kennel building is among the cleanest and best ventilated of all boarding setups. If isolated cases of canine cough are reported to us, we believe this would be a much higher number if our building was a closed type in which the re-circulation of air was restricted.

If any cough symptoms do develop after boarding, please contact your vet. A short course of antibiotics is usually all that is required to ensure a cough does not develop into something more serious.