K-Lane Kennels - Vaccination Policy
To have the healthiest pets possible, we are strong advocates for regular veterinary care.
Please provide a copy of your dog's vaccination documents by e-mail to email@example.com or fax 306.781.1395.
Documents must show the vaccination and expiry dates for Parvovirus, Distemper and Rabies. Bordatella is optional.
Vaccinations must be current - or not overdue by a maximum of one month - with none given within the two weeks prior to boarding.
vaccination is due July 1st, we will accept your dog for boarding during July, but not for August; or
vaccination is given July 1st, we will NOT accept your dog until 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.
This schedule gives flexibility to schedule vaccinations and vacations without undue stress or health risk.
The choice to vaccinate or not should be made between you and your veterinarian based on your pet's health needs, and their clinic's protocols. For your pet's safety and for the safety of all of our guests, vaccinations for serious communicable diseases must be current, with no vaccinations being given in the two weeks prior to boarding. 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.
The Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination is optional – you and your veterinarian can decide if it's right for your dog. Most recommend it, but should yours determine that it is not necessary, that is fine with us. If you and your veterinarian choose to give the Bordatella vaccination, it must also not be given within the two weeks prior to boarding.
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 vet's office, he is likely exposed to disease. While scientifically, kennel 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, it's commonly referred to as kennel cough.
Some veterinarians recommend the Bordetella or kennel cough vaccine. However, other veterinarians discourage it.
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.
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 vet, as they may have something completely unrelated. Do not give medications without consulting a veterinarian.
Talk with your veterinarian to decide what's best for your dog.
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.