|Things you should know about
Despite being covered for kennel cough some dogs will come home with,
or develop kennel cough after they come home.
Because of the highly infectious nature of the disease, kennel cough infections
usually occur as an outbreak - it is important to realize that when kennel
cough is “around most boarding establishments and most leash free
parks will be affected. It is important to realize that kennel cough vaccinations
are a little like human flu vaccinations: we vaccinate dogs against two
specific organisms – Bortetella bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza;
the vaccine contains these two organisms because they are extremely contagious,
and because dogs affected by them can become seriously ill. However there
are lots of other micro organisms, both bacteria and viruses, which can
also cause respiratory tract infections; the vaccine provides absolutely
no protection against these bugs, and it’s these that can cause
kennel cough to develop, despite your dog being vaccinated. If your dog
comes back from our kennels with kennel cough, it doesn’t mean that
we have been careless: these bugs are so contagious that it’s virtually
impossible to contain them in a kennel situation during an outbreak, no
matter how rigorous our cleaning & disinfection procedures are. Systematic
control of the cough is all that is required in most cases of infection,
and only rarely will it be necessary to use antibiotics for the control
of secondary bacterial infections.
Another hazard your dog or cat may face in a boarding situation is fleas.
It is impossible for us to ensure that no dog or cat with a single flea
enters into the kennels or cattery. When animals are in close proximity,
flea transmission occurs with great ease. It’s therefore a very
good idea to treat your pet with a flea prevention prior to their coming
to Calabash Kennels & Cattery to provide them with protection should
their next door neighbors be entertaining some unwelcome non-paying guests.
Favourite blankets & toys are often an overrated commodity, with you,
the owner sometimes putting more store in them than the pet does. However
so would we!
Please make sure that all bedding is clean and that nothing is brought
that is special as things can be destroyed in a kennel situation. If the
bedding becomes soiled we of course wash it, dry it and send back to the room for your dog or cat to enjoy again.
If your “other child” becomes ill and requires veterinary
attention we will always call your consulting vet. Sometimes a trip to
the vet is necessary either your own or one of our choice and this requires
a $50.00 fee for the taxi and our time.
Are welcome and highly advisable – we look forward to showing you
what we feel is one of the best Kennel & Cattery facilities in Sydney