Vaccinations

Vaccination can help protect your loved one from a variety of serious diseases, some of which are often fatal. for this reason, all dogs staying with us must be vaccinated with up to date annual boosters. You will need to bring in your vaccination certificate at the time of admission which we will keep during the stay.

Generally, your Vet will give a first vaccination when your pet is around 8-10 weeks of age, followed by another one 2-4 weeks later. This gives immunity against all of these diseases for a year or more. For continued immunity against some of the diseases, an annual 'booster' is required.

For Dogs

What about 'Kennel Cough' - do we insist on it?

In a short answer, No.

Kennel Cough is an airborne infection which is not limited to kennels as the name suggests. It can be caught anywhere, for example, at a park, at a dog show, at the vets or even in your own garden. It can be caught wherever a dog can come in proximity to another dog carrying the infection in very much the same way as a 'cold' passes between humans.

Kennel Cough (more correctly called Infectious Tracheobronchitis) has several viral and bacterial causes. Only two of these - Bordatella Bronchiseptica (bacterial) and Parainfluenza (viral)- are controlled by the Kennel Cough vaccines.

The Parainfluenza vaccine is given by injection and is now commonly included in your dogs annual booster.

The Bordatella Bronchiseptica vaccine is given by injecting the vaccine up the dogs nose, which some can find very distressing.

Although infectious bronchitis is highly infectious, it is a troublesome but not usually a life-threatening disease, which is why we leave the decision on its vaccination to your discretion.

It is recommended that the Kennel Cough vaccine is given to puppies, elderly dogs and those dogs with medical problems (such as diabetes) who are more susceptible to medical complications.

We must point out though that if you do decide to have your dog vaccinated, we must insist that it is done at least 14 days before arrival. This is because there is a 3-day onset of immunity period followed by a 7-10 day incubation period during which it is possible that your dog may contract Kennel Cough (either as a result of the vaccine or by contact with other dogs).