K-Lane Kennels - Vaccination Policy
To have the healthiest pets possible, we are strong advocates for regular veterinary care.
Guests must be current on vaccinations for Parvovirus, Distemper, Rabies and Bordatella.
Vaccinations can not be expired for more than one month. For example, vaccination is due July 1st, we will accept your dog for boarding during July, but not for August 1st.
Vaccinations must be given no less than 14 days before check-in. If you vaccinate your dog within two weeks of their scheduled check-in, your reservation will be cancelled. For example, if you vaccinate on July 1st, the earliest check-in is July 15th.
Being on a regular veterinarian-recommended parasite (flea/tick/worms) prevention program is strongly recommended and ideally applied at least 48 hours prior to boarding. This way your dog won't bring parasites to us - and if another dog unknowingly has parasites, your dog is protected.
Please provide a copy of your dog's vaccination documents by e-mail to email@example.com or fax 306.781.1395.
For pets who are older or who have certain non-contagious health problems (eg. cancer), the health risks posed through vaccination may be greater than the risk of non-vaccination. We accept non-vaccinated pets only after consulting with your veterinarian about their health status and/or antibody titer count verification.
Puppies must be at least 16 weeks old and have had their last booster shot at minimum two weeks prior to boarding.
We will not risk your dog's health or the health of any other dog in our care. Therefore, vaccinations must be administered at a veterinary clinic by a qualified veterinarian or veterinary technician. Vaccinations cannot be self-administered. Regular veterinary care is your best way to detects medical conditions - anything ranging from heart disease to thyroid problems to cancer and arthritis - that can be treated if caught early.
Dogs that have been imported into Canada from any country outside of North America, must pass a Canadian veterinarian-approved testing and quarantine protocol, and meet all vaccination protocols, including wait periods, prior to boarding.
The two-week wait period
Some dogs experience vaccination reactions where they feel a little off, get rashes, etc. a few days after the shot. For those who have reactions, it's easier on them to get over that when they're in their regular home routine.
Some vaccines use modified live viruses. Unfortunately with that type of vaccine, your dog can actually shed the virus to other dogs. So while your dog is protected, other dogs around them are at a slightly elevated risk level.
Annual vaccinations are also a time for your dog to get their annual physical exam. And, if your veterinarian finds something that needs treating, it's nice to have time for your dog to get their treatment and be cured before their holiday.
Fleas and other parasites are an ongoing risk for anyone with pets. We are diligent about thoroughly cleaning our kennels. We also regularly use non-residual insecticides, and residual sprays when there is a higher flea risk. You can reduce the risk by asking your veterinarian about a regular parasite prevention program.
If you know that your dog has fleas, please do not board with us until the original fleas are treated with shampoos and topical treatments, then retreated two weeks later to remove any residual eggs.
You love experiencing life, and so should your dog. Like you, if your pet leaves the house for a walk in your neighbourhood or the park, or visits the veterinarian’s office, a grooming shop or at a training class, he is likely exposed to disease. While scientifically, canine cough can be caused one of a number of things such as bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica, two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus, and even an organism called Mycoplasma, when a dog gets a respiratory infection, unfortunately for kennel operators, canine cough is commonly referred to as kennel cough even though they can pick it up anywhere where dogs mix and mingle.
Dogs not showing symptoms can pass one of these diseases along, and all they need to do to spread it is clear their throat once just after we’ve thoroughly cleaned. It's exactly the same as when kids come back from school with a cold, or you catch something at the office.
We notice that it seems to be more common during the same seasons that people catch the flu. It seems that dogs who aren't vaccinated don't get it more often than those who are vaccinated. Mostly, it's a couple of days of hacking, then gone. However, you never know. A few years ago a more serious strain of something came through Regina and "all" dogs were getting it, even those who lived their lives in their own back yards.
We believe that we’re at a lower risk for canine cough because we don't have forced air heating (that circulates bacteria and viruses), we don't do group play time (so dogs are not physically touching unless they live together), and we close twice a year where we have zero dogs in the building - no breathing means no air borne particles!
If after a visit, you notice a phlegmy cough that sounds like a smoker’s hack or duck honk, please call us to let us know – we like to keep track of it so we can let others know when it’s running through. Normally they'll hack, cough and spit up, then recover on their own within three to 10 days. In the same way that you soothe a person's sore throat, you can help them feel more comfortable by giving a wee bit of honey.
If however, you notice other symptoms– fever, lack of appetite, nasal discharge, etc., please take your dog to your veterinarian, as they may have something completely unrelated. Do not give medications without consulting a veterinarian.
Here's a YouTube video where you can hear and see it in action.
Here's a veterinary article that goes more in-depth about kennel cough.