We require the following vaccines for dog boarding.
Before you can schedule dog boarding or dog daycare with Planet Paws Pet Care, we require your dog to be vaccinated for rabies, DAPP (also known as DHPP), Leptospirosis, bordetella (canine kennel cough), and canine influenza (dog flu). Vaccinating your dog is the safest way to prevent diseases from spreading. We vaccinate Poe and Finn yearly for all of these.
So, what are these vaccines for dog boarding and what do they prevent?
· Rabies– Michigan law requires all dogs over the age of 4 months to be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies affects the nervous system and both pets and humans can be affected by it, Rabies is a fatal disease. The Rabies vaccine can be administered as a 1-year or 3-year vaccine. Check with our vet to see what they provide.
· DAPP (aka DHPP)– This is a vaccine that covers distemper, adenovirus type 1 (hepatitis), adenovirus type 2 (respiratory), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Once the first shot is given, your dog will need boosters. Your vet will determine the frequency of the boosters. Please make sure this vaccine is given at least three weeks before your stay, to build up the best immunity.
· Bordetella (aka Canine kennel Cough)- Bordetella is a bacterium that affects your dog’s respiratory system. Dogs that are in close contact with other dogs will be more likely to encounter Bordetella and show signs of an upper respiratory infection. This vaccine should be given at least one week before your pet’s stay and be administered at least once a year.
· Leptospirosis– Leptospirosis is a disease that can affect the kidneys and/or liver. This bacterium can be found in soil and water. It is a disease that can be transferred from dogs to people (called zoonotic disease). This vaccine may be given in conjunction with the DAPP. Yearly boosters are needed to ensure maximum protection.
· Canine Influenza (dog Flu)-This vaccine should be given at least two weeks before your stay and needs to be given yearly. Canine influenza is highly transmittable between dogs and spreads from contact with other dogs, contaminated objects, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
When you get your dog vaccinated will help prevent these transmittable diseases and help ensure your dog will live a long life. Most of these vaccines are also mandated by State law. While we are on the subject, make sure your dog is licensed by your city and/or county. This is also required by law.
If you have questions about your dog boarding or doggy daycare stay, feel free to contact us.