A dog running through a county lane.

They had just returned from holidays and collected their beloved pet from kennels who wasn't her usual self. She had been 'goose honking' since they got her back and her stools were a little runny.

The first question i asked was 'and when was she last vaccinated?" to which i got the not too unusual ' when she was a puppy' reply. Resisting an eye-rolling response i asked 'why?' to which i got the usual response 'the kennels we use don't ask for vaccinations?'. So after a couple of courses of medications and a required recheck their bid to save money on a routine booster vaccination ended up back firing - a sick dog and a vet bill - not what anyone wants in the post holiday squeeze.

Vaccinations you see are not for the good of the kennels, but for your pet - cat or dog. Kennels that have your pets best interests at heart understand this as they have often dealt with the fall out of outbreaks before ensuring all pets that enter their premises are vaccinated - no exceptions. So if they insist on seeing an up to date vaccination card from your vets or even ring your vet to check - they are not bringing undue stress on your pre holiday self but are in fact ensuring the best for your animal while you are away.

I could bore you with all the diseases and symptoms that your unvaccinated pet can acquire should they be generally not vaccinated for everyday life so to speak but put them in a highly dog/cat populated space and the chances of your pet getting something not so nice increase exponentially. Think crowded office space in november as flu season starts. If you would like to be further convinced google kennel cough, parvo virus, or leptospirosis in dogs for a start or cat flu or feline leukaemia virus for cats.

A kennel/cattery should require vaccination as a basic prerequisite as it shows a level of care that will likely be carried though the rest of their stay and they are protecting your pets health during their stay by insisting on it.


Leanne Eversten MVB MRCVS