It is important to understand that a socially active dog is just as susceptible to whatever bug is going around as a child is in a human daycare. Your veterinarian's standard yearly vaccines will help to protect against the more serious diseases such as Parvo, Distemper, Bordetella and Rabies, but there is no known vaccine currently that will completely protect your dog from EVERYTHING that can cause illness. CAMP CANINE takes great care in creating a safe, healthy environment for your pet by requiring all dogs to be current on Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella, keeping to a very strict cleaning/sanitizing regimen, and not allowing any dogs showing visible signs of illness into the daycare. Clients must acknowledge that their dogs are at an elevated risk of acquiring certain health issues when socializing their pets. This list contains only the more common cases of health issues that a social doggie environment is confronted with. If your pet is showing any symptoms of being ill, please keep him/her at home until she is feeling better or has been released by your veterinarian. This will help to stop the spread of illness to Fido's friends at daycare.
Kennel Cough is the number one virus in South Florida that affects most pet friendly environments. It is the canine equivalent to the human cold or flu virus. Kennel Cough is an airborne virus and no amount of disinfecting, cleaning, or vaccinating can protect your dog 100% of the time. All dogs at CAMP CANINE are required to have this vaccine current and we recommend that your pet get this vaccine every six months; however, we require it annually. There are currently more strains of this virus than the vaccine was designed to protect against. A pet vaccinated for kennel cough can still become ill.
Fleas & Ticks
South Florida is a major haven for fleas and ticks. We recommend that all dogs be on some sort of fleas and tick preventative. As a precaution, we spray our facility regularly. Any dogs seen with fleas or ticks will be bathed accordingly and owners will be responsible for bathing charges.
Giardia is a parasite more common in areas that have a higher percentage of rainfall per year. It is commonly associated with bloody stool and/or vomit which can cause dehydration in pets, so it is important to have your pet treated immediately if showing these symptoms. Giardia is usually spread when one dog drinks from a rain puddle, then comes to daycare and drinks from the same water bowl as it's buddies. We, at CAMP CANINE, change our water bowls regularly throughout the day with fresh water to help protect against Giardia.
Conjunctivitis, commonly called "pink eye", is the same in humans, as it is in pets eyes. It is characterized by a green discharge as well as the whites of your pets eyes being pink or red. It is usually seen more in dogs that spend time in the pool or playing in the water hose.
Nicks, Cuts, Scrapes, Bites
Our campers are here to roam free and sometimes get carried away just as children do. Although camp counselors are supervising playgroups to make sure play does not get out of hand, injuries are inevitable. Dogs do not have opposable thumbs so they must use their mouths and feet to play. This can sometimes result in scratches and/or puncture wounds. Dogs with sensitive feet can sometimes irritate their pads or break a toenail by running and suddenly screeching to a halt. And, yes, sometimes there are arguments between dogs. A group of dogs in daycare is very much like a group of children on the playground - they will not always see eye to eye. Our staff is well-trained on what to look out for as well as how to intervene in any spats that may arise, but it takes only a split second for one dog to nip at another dog and cause an injury. Injuries will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
There are inherent risks in boarding a senior dog. Underlying health problems can be exacerbated by stress, illnesses, or infections which would be minor in a younger dog, but can become serious and even life-threatening in an elderly or frail dog. Owners of senior dogs should give us clear instructions about their preferences for medical care and intervention. Dogs that have boarded frequently may not be as bothered by the boarding environment as those that have never boarded or have boarded infrequently.
You may want to consult your veterinarian about the possible risks involved with boarding your senior pet.