In order for your dog to become a Tail Wagger for either Overnight Boarding or Daycare, Waggin’ Tails Dog Resort requires him/her to be up to date on their vaccinations, at least 4 months of age, neutered/spayed if over 6 months of age, healthy, and friendly to both dogs and humans. Please read below for all the specific requirements.
Vaccinations and Health
We require the following vaccinations:
• Distemper/Parvovirus (DHPP)
• Bordetella (6 month booster required)
We recommend, but do not require, the following vaccinations:
• Canine Influenza
Proof of vaccinations from a veterinarian are required. Those can be uploaded directly to your client portal or hard copies provided at check in. Dogs with expired vaccinations will not be allowed in the facility.
If your dog has any underlying conditions that prohibits him/her from having any of these vaccines, a signed letter from your veterinarian must be provided in order for your dog to enter the facility. Waggin’ Tails Dog Resort has the right to turn away any dog that cannot receive these vaccinations at their discretion. Please note that any dog that cannot receive the rabies vaccine cannot enter the facility for any reason.
For puppies/dogs still receiving DHPP boosters (or any other distemper/parvovirus combination), please wait until all boosters are complete before bringing them to daycare and/or boarding.
Your dog must also be healthy in order to participate in daycare or overnight boarding. Please notify us of any current medical conditions that could affect how your dog plays or interacts in a social setting. We don’t want to put any dogs at risk of injury or death due to an existing condition. Dogs with injuries, medical conditions that are aggravated by exercise, or terminal illnesses will not be allowed to stay at Waggin’ Tails.
Information About Kennel Cough and Bordetella
Kennel Cough is also commonly referred to as Infectious Tracheobronchitis, Bordetella, or Bordetellosis. The Bordetella vaccine is administered to reduce to chance of a dog catching Kennel Cough.
Our Requirements: We require the bordetella vaccine to be administered every 6 months. Some veterinarians only recommend yearly boosters, however, this is based on limited social interaction and not for large day care and boarding environments.
The most important thing to understand is that even if vaccinated, your dog can still catch and/or spread the Kennel Cough virus. It is impossible for the vaccine to address every strain of the virus, which is one of the reasons why we require a 6 month booster to optimize its effect. While the vaccine cannot prevent the disease, if caught, it is proven to help reduce the severity of the symptoms.
If your dog has never received the Bordetella vaccine, or it is outside of the 1 year veterinarian window, we require them to receive the Bordetella vaccine at least 3 days prior to their boarding or daycare stay in order to optimize it’s effectiveness.
Administration: The Bordetella vaccine is typically administered nasally, orally, or subcutaneous. Studies vary on the effectiveness of each format, but all are proven effective and safe for dogs 8 weeks and older.
Symptoms and Treatment: The primary symptom of Kennel Cough presents as a persistent nonproductive cough that produces a honking or gagging sound. It usually appears 5-10 days after exposure and tends to last 10-20 days after. The cough usually worsens during or after vigorous exercise. Some dogs may also experience other symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, and/or eye discharge. In mild cases, dogs with kennel cough remain alert and active. In more severe cases, symptoms may progress toward pneumonia and include lethargy, fever, and a loss of appetite.
If your dog suffers from these symptoms or you think your dog has kennel cough, consult with a veterinarian right away. It could progress to pneumonia or other complications. Veterinarians can treat and soothe the symptoms with cough suppressants, similar to a human cough. In most cases, Kennel Cough will work itself out of your dog’s system without any medications, however, they need to be isolated from other dogs to reduce the spread of the disease. It is important to understand that there is no cure for Kennel Cough. With both a viral and bacterial component, antibiotics do not always provide faster relief. Always consult a veterinarian if you are concerned about your dog’s health.
Kennel Cough is Highly Contagious: If your dog is suffering from any of the symptoms of Kennel Cough or if you believe they were exposed to the virus, please keep them at home. If Waggin’ Tails believes your dog has the symptoms of kennel cough, we will require them to be picked up and examined by a veterinarian before returning.
If your dog is diagnosed with Kennel Cough, we require them to stay home at least 10 days after the start of their prescribed medications AND until their symptoms have completely disappeared.
To learn more about Kennel Cough symptoms and prevention, visit the following resources by PetMD and Whole Dog Journal.
All dogs must be at least 4 months of age.
While we love puppies, dogs under the age of 4 months are more susceptible to common contagious viruses and diseases such as kennel cough, distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, giardia, hook worms, ring worm, etc. We want to make sure that all our dogs stay healthy at all times by maintaining this age requirement.
All dogs over the age of 6 months must be spayed/neutered.
We understand that some studies show that waiting to alter a dog until they are older is beneficial to their growth and development. However, when dogs are in a social setting, there are many risks involved with their interactions. This requirement is to prevent unwanted breeding as well as reduce any aggressive behavior that could result from excessive hormones.
We require a temperament test for every dog in order for them to stay at our facility. This is a FREE day of daycare for you in order for us to determine if a daycare environment is beneficial for your dog. We assess their behavior towards other dogs and humans, specifically looking for aggression or fear that could lead to the injury of any dog in the facility.
While we do a thorough assessment on your dog’s first day, we are constantly monitoring the behavior of every dog. If at any time we feel that a dog’s behavior in a social play group has changed and could put them or another dog at risk, we will dismiss the dog permanently or require behavior training before they can return.
Quick Release Collar
For safety reasons, we require all dogs to have a collar with a quick release clasp, optimizing our chances of removing it quickly in case of an emergency. Belt buckle, pinch, martingale, and training collars are not accepted and must be removed. You can purchase a quick release collar from any major retailer. Click here for an example of a quick release collar.