For the health and protection of all our boarding dogs we require evidence of current vaccination status including against Kennel Cough. You must bring the Vaccination Certificate - it is your dog's ticket for their stay!
Several dangerous, often fatal, diseases are routinely vaccinated against in the UK. These are
- Canine parvovirus,
- Canine distemper (also known as hard-pad),
- Infectious hepatitis,
- Para-influenza ('flu),
- Leptospirosis (also known as Weil's disease),
After a puppy has completed the primary course, maintenance injections will be required. For some of these diseases boosters are needed every year, although some only need a top-up every 3 years. Your vet will advise and vaccinate annually, as necessary.
Immunity is continuous if regular boosters are received.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection with an unpleasant, persistent whooping-type cough. Antibiotic treatment may be required and in severe cases complications can occur and pneumonia may develop. Treatment can last for several weeks. Young, old or less healthy dogs are particularly vulnerable.
It is passed on by airbourne transmission. Despite its name, dogs are at risk of becoming infected with kennel cough wherever they gather together; Boarding kennels is just one such environment.
Vaccination is via a small volume solution administered up the nose that covers one of the most common causative agents: Bordatella bronchiseptica. You will need to ask the vet for this vaccination because it is not automatically given as part of the routine annual jabs.
Immunity is considered active within 5 days and lasts for 12 months. Although protection is not absolute (because other bugs may also cause the disease), there is a significant risk reduction in the severity and duration of illness if a dog does then contract it. Our strict policy has ensured that no dog has had kennel cough at our premises.