Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
- Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Sunday for Pickups from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
- Please see our contact page for a map and directions.
WHAT ARE THE VACCINE REQUIREMENTS?
- Rabies & Distemper Parvo as required by your city.
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough) every 6 months. Atleast one dose per year should be the intranasal form as it is more effective.
- A form of flea & tick control.
WHAT IS KENNEL COUGH?
- Just as human colds may be caused by many different viruses, kennel cough itself can have multiple causes. One of the most common culprits is a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica which is why kennel cough is often called Bordetella. Most dogs that become infected with Bordetella are infected with a virus at the same time. These viruses, which are known to make dogs more susceptible to contracting Bordetella infection, include canine adenovirus, canine distemper virus, canine herpes virus, parainfluenza virus and canine reovirus.
- Dogs “catch” kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. This tract is normally lined with a coating of mucus that traps infectious particles, but there are a number of factors that can weaken this protection and make dogs prone to kennel cough infection, which results in inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe).
- The classic symptom of kennel cough is a persistent, forceful cough. It often sounds like a goose honk. This is distinct from a cough-like sound made by some dogs, especially little ones, which is called a reverse sneeze. Reverse sneezes can be normal in certain dogs and breeds, and usually only indicates the presence of post-nasal drip or a slight irritation of the throat.
- Some dogs with kennel cough may show other symptoms of illness, includingsneezing, a runny nose, or eye discharge.
- If your dog has kennel cough, he probably will not lose his appetite or have a decreased energy level.
- Kennel cough is contagious. If you think your dog might have the condition, you should keep him away from other animals and contact your veterinarian. Please inform us if your pet has been diagnosed with or is showing signs of the condition as we want to prevent it from spreading as quickly as possible.
WHAT ARE PUPPY WARTS?
- Puppy warts are small bumps between a dog’s lips and gumline, or on its tongue. They are caused by the Canine Papilloma Virus and are typically benign. The warts look like pale pink raspberries or little pieces of cauliflower and can be compared to chicken pox in humans, because once a dog is exposed to the virus and warts develop, the dog usually does not get them again.
- Puppy warts are usually seen in dogs under 2 years old because their immune systems are less effective. The virus is transferred by dogs touching noses or through saliva when they share toys. It is virtually impossible to prevent puppy warts, because the virus is contagious up to two weeks before an actual wart appears.
- Puppy warts usually go away in about six weeks, and veterinarians typically do not prescribe medication unless the warts remain for six months or longer. Occasionally when the number of warts makes it difficult for a dog to eat, a vet may surgically remove them. Canine Papilloma Virus is not a serious health risk and is often considered a rite of passage that many pups go through before reaching adulthood.