The staff at See Spot Run like to think of themselves as surrogate parents to the dogs who attend our daycare. So understandably, like any parents, their absolute top priority is the health and safety of the four-legged children in their care. To ensure that all guests who come to SSR are protected and secure in every possible way — and, therefore, to guarantee the peace of mind of their primary two-legged parents — there are rigorous requirements that must be satisfied regarding vaccinations.
Keep in mind as you read the admittedly strict and inflexible list below that ordinary, run-of-the-mill (okay, yes, lesser) daycare and training facilities probably do have more relaxed rules and lower standards regarding vaccinations than See Spot Run does. Then ask yourself: do I really want my dog staying at such an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, lesser establishment?
The vaccination requirements established by See Spot Run have been carved in stone for a simple reason: to safeguard the health of each and every dog who sets paw on the property. The requirements have been put together with the help and guidance of trusted veterinarians.
Each guest at SSR must be certified by a licensed veterinarian before they can come to classes & daycare here. To summarize:
- Vaccinations should be administered at least 7 days before a dog’s arrival.
- If an updated vaccination is needed, this should be administered at least 3 days before a dog’s arrival.
- A puppy should complete his or her full series of vaccinations, including the rabies vaccination, at least 3 days before arrival. Puppies will be admitted with second series of vaccines with a future appointment for their third set.
- Proof of vaccinations must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 7 days before classes or daycare.
- See Spot Run's vaccination requirements may differ from a veterinarian’s, so it unfortunately isn’t sufficient to simply ask the vet, “is my dog up to date’?”
Specific Vaccination Requirements
Once a dog is out of puppy-hood and has received his or her initial series of puppy shots, these are the subsequent required vaccinations:
- Most adult dogs get a 3-year booster shot for rabies and, given the seriousness of the disease, it’s absolutely mandatory for dogs coming to SSR to be up to date on this vaccination.
Bordetella (a.k.a. Kennel Cough)
- This highly contagious respiratory ailment is common to all dog facilities. It is airborne and can be caught in your own backyard as well as any dog park you frequent. SSR does everything possible to prevent its presence here. We require this vaccine to be kept up to date to help with this issue. This is a yearly vaccine but we do recommend it is done every six months
DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Parainfluenza)
- This is a combination shot that vaccinates against four diseases. Because different veterinarians have different names for this shot, the best thing to do is verify that the shot protects against Distemper and Parvo.
- It’s common for adult dogs to receive a 3-year booster shot for DHPP — completely acceptable at SSR as long as the booster is current.
- For puppies, the DHPP vaccination should be current in the last year.
Titer Test (if a dog is not going to be vaccinated for DHPP)
- The Vaccine Titer Test tells whether a dog is likely to be protected against the most common infectious canine diseases.
- SSR will accept a Titer Test administered within the past year, if a dog is not going to be vaccinated for DHPP.
- A Titer Test for puppies is done once the puppy vaccinations are complete and he or she is ready for booster shots.
- This treatment must be current. This medication needs to be administers by one of our staff members monthly for all dogs that come to Daycare. Currenly, flea/tick medications that we accept are- Advantix, Revolution, Simparica, NexGuard and Bravecto. Please bring a few months supply for us to keep on hand to administer at the daycare for your dog.
Enforcement of the Rules
See Spot Run reserves the right to refuse admittance to any canine guest who:
- lacks proof of vaccinations
- displays evidence of untreated or potentially contagious conditions
- fails the our standard health and temperament requirements/policies
- demonstrates aggressive behaviour (this isn’t a vaccination requirement but it has to be said somewhere!)
Final Personal Reminder (and, no, this shouldn’t be considered “nagging”)
Please make sure to send proof proof of vaccinations or of a Titer Test to email@example.com at least 7 days before your dog comes to our facility.