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Quality Doggy Day Care

First, always take a tour of the facility you want to introduce your furry kid to. Look for cleanliness, security an how many attendants per dog. There should be about one attendant per 5-6 dogs. Attendants are also there to clean up the messes that dogs make from defecting, vomiting, and blood if any dogs get into a serious altercation. Finally, the facility should be secure from possible attempts by curious dogs to see what is on the other side of the gate and from unauthorized access by people who aren’t supposed to be there.

All of these are important in keeping your fur baby happy, healthy, and secure. Dogs before going to day care should receive all of their standard immunizations plus bordatella (kennel cough) before they will be allowed to mix and play with other dogs, but there is one more risk that pet owners should be aware of when finding a day care facility for their K9.

There is a protozoa called Giardia, which is spread through a dogs feces and can cause severe diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. If it is not treated properly with antibiotics it can be fatal. This is why it is important to ensure the cleanliness of the facility. If facilities have standing water, like ponds or doggy pools this is a great way to spread Giardia. If dogs walk through infected feces, play in the pool, and then drink from the same pool they will get Giardia, so please be aware of this.

I have a puppy of my own who went through this experience and it seemed like every time I took her to day care, I would receive a call from them saying she had diarrhea. I pick her up, take her home and keep an eye on her for the next few days. Not much fun for either one of us. I took her to the vet to determine the cause, so the vet took a fecal sample and, sure enough, she had Giardia. I notified my day care, my poor pup and I went through the fun of oral antibiotics and stayed home for a week. When we went back to the day care facility, I inquired about what steps they had taken to ensure the Giardia didn’t spread and was told, rather off hand, that dogs get that all the time. Basically, nothing was done and they didn’t even call other owners to let them know their dogs might have been exposed to this protozoa. Dissatisfied with answer and the blase attitude, I took my pup home, found a new day care and my Zoey hasn’t had any problems since.

When it comes time to choose a doggy day care for your beloved K9, please be as demanding of quality care and facilities as you would in choosing anything else for them such as veterinarian, pet food, toys, etc. Your dog deserves the best care possible in every aspect of their life.