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Q: Will my dog be allowed outside?
A: The Canine to Five Ferndale facility features 4,000 sq. ft. of secured, fenced-in, well-lit outdoor play space for all dogs. Weather permitting, dogs are allowed to venture outside into the secure area to play on various agility installations, and in our small pool during warm weather. Our trained handlers monitor all outdoor play while also engaging in the fun with games of fetch, blowing bubbles and more.

Q: Will my dog get fresh water?
A: Your dog’s safety and health is our utmost priority at Canine to Five, and all this playing can make any dog pretty thirsty. That’s why fresh, clean water is provided throughout the day for all dogs at various locations throughout the facility, both indoors and outdoors. We also adhere to very strict cleaning standards throughout the facility to ensure all water areas for the dogs are kept clean.

Q: Will you give my dog any treats?
A: There are times that we might give your dog a treat, although they are rare. Please inform us if your dog has any allergies.

Q: Are the dogs kenneled at any point during the day?
A: Sometimes. During meals, each dining dog is in it’s own kennel. Dogs who are a member of our Power Nap Program will get up to 3 hours of rest each day in a kennel. When they are naughty we use the kennels for time outs. Sometimes old lazy dogs like to sleep in the kennels all day long. All dogs are kenneled overnight to ensure a full night of sleep.

Q: What if the dogs play rough? Or get into a fight?

A: Dogs do play rough and can get into scuffles. They are like 4th grade boys sometimes! They tousle and rough each other up and all want to jump into the mix anytime anything is going on. They get scrapes and scratches and chunks of missing fur. The key is to make sure when this rough play starts to escalate, or if any of the dogs seem uncomfortable, that our trained dog handlers know how to recognize it and when to intervene. What looks like a brawl to an inexperienced dog owner might be two dogs having the time of their lives. Want to chat more about this? Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Q: Will daycare ruin my potty training efforts?
A: If your dog is potty trained at home, daycare will not affect that. If you are having accidents at home, most likely there is a potty training issue already.

Q: What if my dog is injured or gets sick?
A: If this occurs, you will be notified immediately if the problem is severe. If the problem is minor, you will be notified in writing when you pickup your dog.

If vet care is needed, we will transport your dog to the closest vet. You will need to call this vet to give them permission to treat. All medical costs will be assumed BY YOU. Please refer to our waiver on the register page for more details.

Remember that even normal dog play may result in some type of injury. It is not a common occurrence, but it can happen, just like a child can fall and trip during recess and chip a tooth! All injuries and illnesses are prevented to the BEST of our ability. We love all dogs and have dog-proofed our facility as much as is possible.

Q: What is kennel cough, what do you do about it, and can my dog get it?
A: Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in dogs. Fortunately, the majority of cases are not serious, and resolve on their own in one to two weeks. The main cause of kennel cough is the airborne bacteria, bordetella bronchiseptica. A dog with kennel cough will develop a coarse, dry, hacking cough about five to ten days after being infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to “clear its throat,” and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity, drinking water, or being exposed to a change of temperature or level of exercise. Many dogs that acquire kennel cough will cough every few minutes, all day long. They will wretch and sometimes vomit a white foamy looking matter. Their general state of health and alertness are usually not affected, they usually have no rise in temperature, and do not loose their appetite.

Even in the most hygienic, well ventilated, spacious dog facilities, the possibility of a dog acquiring kennel cough exists. Kennel cough can be acquired from your neighbor’s dog, from a champion show dog at a dog show, from the animal hospital where your dog just came in for treatment of a cut paw, from the sidewalk where an infected dog walked earlier…so try not to blame anyone or any place if your dog develops kennel cough. There may have been an infected dog, unknown to anyone, that acted as a source for other dogs. The signs of kennel cough usually will last from seven to 21 days and can be very annoying for the dog and the dog’s owners. If you suspect your dog has kennel cough, isolate your dog and visit your veterinarian for medical advice. First and foremost, isolate your dog. Do not take your dog to public places in order to prevent the spread of infection. If your dog has recently been to dog school, boarding, or any other place where your dog was exposed to other dogs, notify the correct individuals that your dog is coughing.

You don’t need to isolate your dog to prevent infection. The best recommendation is to discuss with your veterinarian what combination of vaccines and boosters they recommend. Many dogs that contract kennel cough will display only minor signs of coughing that may last seven to ten days and will not require any medication at all. Treatment is generally limited to symptomatic relief of the coughing with non-prescription, and occasionally prescription, cough suppressants. If the dog is running a fever or there seems to be a persistent and severe cough, antibiotics are occasionally utilized to assist the dog in recovering from kennel cough. It can happen that secondary bacterial invaders will complicate a case of kennel cough and prolong the recovery and severely affect the upper airway. Therefore the use of antibiotics is determined on an individual basis. Follow the advice and course of treatment that your veterinarian has prescribed. Don’t allow your dog to exercise, as this will trigger the cough.

REFERENCE: Merck Veterinary Manual – Eighth Edition, Dr. Michele St. Pierre, Waterloo West Animal Hospital