THE VETERINARY AND TEMPERAMENT GUIDELINES FOR DAYCARE, PLAYCARE AND STAYCARE
First and foremost, your pet must be healthy and ready for a day of adventure. If you have a growing puppy, please consult your veterinarian about the possible risks of unlimited exercise including, but not limited to, running, jumping, wrestling and tug-o-war. We do not take puppies that are too young to have their their rabies vaccine. PETiculars requires a current rabies vaccine (which is the law) bordetella (for protection against canine cough) and a negative fecal screen (because parasites are so common). We also require distemper and parvo vaccines. All dogs must be flea and tick free and on prevention. For the protection of every dog, if these requirements aren’t met, your dog will not be permitted to stay with us. Please check with your veterinarian before you book service to make sure your dog is compliant. If your veterinarian has put your pet on a different vaccination protocol, just provide documentation. People have strong beliefs about vaccines and medications and we respect that. In spite of being vaccinated and on prevention, and our stringent cleaning, disinfecting and pest treatment protocols, there is always a chance your dog will be exposed to a virus or parasite.
Any pet that seems ill will be referred to their veterinarian immediately.
Dogs that have experience with doggy daycare and group play do not require a trial. If we are their first daycare or group play experience, plan on just an hour or two for their first time. Some dogs jump in immediately and others take a little longer. We always allow 2-3 days before we make a determination of whether or not daycare is beneficial for your dog. Not all dogs are good candidates for this type of service and that’s okay. If your dog is uncomfortable or aggressive with other dogs or people, they should not be put in a situation that makes them act out inappropriately. If they are happier at home, leave them there. Pet sitting and dog walking are great options for pets that are better at home than in unfamiliar places. We are more than happy to provide these services for you and your pet.
You may have noticed that we do not require dogs to be spayed or neutered to enjoy daycare. It is the veterinary recommendation to wait on this surgery for some dogs and we understand this. But, intact dogs do have to behave themselves and adhere to the guidelines that pertain to all dogs. And, neutered dogs may react negatively to intact dogs. If this becomes the response that most of the playgroup has, the intact dog will have to leave daycare until (s)he is neutered. During this time, pet sitting and dog walking would be great alternatives.
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