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Unfortunately we do not have boarding facilities here at Annville-Cleona Veterinary Associates due to township regulations. The following is information you may need to board at local facilities.
Classy K-9s 717-949-3938 Rt 897 Schaefferstown
Limestone Ridge 717-867-0742 Louser Road, Annville
Playful Pets Retreat 717-689-3408, 850 Milton Grove Road North, Elizabethtown
JEM Pet Sitting- 717-865-6422 , 1803 Quarry Road, Lebanon
Boarding information for your vacation plans. This plan should include whether or not you will be boarding your pets. In checking the requirements for the facilities you will be looking at, some things to take into consideration should be vaccine requirements. Some of the vaccines, especially if it is a first time vaccination require some pre-planning, along with information from the kennel that your pet will be going to. Regular annual vaccinations will need to be up-to-date.
Many kennels require that the animal has been on flea and tick preventative. Cats generally need just to have vaccines up-to-date and some type of flea/and or tick preventative. Some new considerations would be if your pet is a dog, whether he will need a kennel cough vaccine prior to boarding. Some kennels are requiring further that the dog has been given a canine influenza vaccine. This vaccine would require the initial vaccine, then a booster 2-4 weeks after. This can then become an annual vaccine if you are planning an annual vacation that would require the dog to have continued protection.
FAST FACTS ABOUT CANINE INFLUENZA
Influenza is a virus that can cause fever, anorexia and respiratory signs. It only affects dogs (this strain does not affect other species). The influenza virus infection rate (morbidity) is similar to infection rates for kennel cough. A certain percentage of dogs will clear the infection with no clinical signs (20-50%). The other 50-80% of the dogs will have clinical signs of flu (fever, coughing, decreased appetite, nasal discharge)
A small percent of dogs will end up with pneumonia. This small popluation of dogs is are risk for death. Hospitalization, IV fluids, and medications are warranted. Many of these dogs will recover with aggressive care.
Mortality, or death, rate is around 5-8%.
Disease transmission is from direct contact with an infected dog and secretions (droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing). The virus can be on toys, bowls, leashes, collars for several days. Humans can spread the disease by touch as well (from one pet to another).
Infected animals are likely contagious for 2 weeks.
Vaccination is recommended for dogs that will be in close proximity to alot of other dogs such as dog kennels, boarding facilities, dog shows, grooming facilities, etc.
Dogs need to be at least 6 weeks of age for the vaccination. It REQUIRES a booster after the initial vaccine to be effective. It is then given annually. The entire series should be completed a couple weeks prior to boarding. The vaccine can help prevent disease and helps decrease the disease severity.