Vaccinations & Health Details
At the Dog Ranch, we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to ensure a healthy environment for dogs. That means all dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations including Bordetella, DHPP and Rabies. (Titer tests for DHPP are accepted.)
You must submit written confirmation from a Veterinarian that your dog has received the following vaccinations, listed below. Forms can be sent to [email protected].
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Annually every 12 months.
- All dogs who have been previously vaccinated for Bordetella and are overdue for revaccination must have an intranasal booster no later than 48 hours before arriving at the Dog Ranch. Five to 7 days before arriving at the Dog Ranch is ideal to ensure full protection, and monitor for a reaction. Please note that with the injectable booster, it will take 10 days before your dog is fully protected.
- Dogs having the Bordetella vaccine for the first time must have the initial injection, and then a booster 2 weeks later—and at least 5 days before boarding. Your dog will be fully protected 10 days following the booster. Alternately, they may have the intranasal vaccination for the booster and achieve full immunity after 5 days.
- Depending on a dog’s vaccination history, we make extremely rare exceptions—however, most dogs will not be accepted to stay at the Dog Ranch without a current Bordetella vaccination.
- DHLPP (distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus); standard for an adult dog 1 or 3 years, depending on your Vet’s protocols.
- Rabies: standard every 1 or 3 years, depending on your Vet’s protocols.
If a medical emergency or issue arises with your dog, our staff will attempt to contact you before taking your dog into a Veterinary hospital. If you are unavailable and your dog needs the immediate attention of a Vet, we will take your dog to our excellent local Bowen Veterinary Hospital which also has an emergency service outside of their regular hours. If Bowen Vet is not available, we will take your dog over to the mainland by our local ferry or arrange with Bowen’s 24-hour water taxi service and mainland pet taxi service to get your dog to the closest open emergency animal hospital in Vancouver.
On the initial application form for your dog, we ask if you have Pet Insurance and, if you don’t, to indicate an amount you’d be willing to spend at the Vet if we cannot communicate with you directly prior to a vet visit. This is very helpful in making a decision on your behalf. We also ask for an emergency contact, with whom you are not travelling, and we will consult with them as needed.
We prefer that dogs be neutered or spayed. We do make exceptions, however, so please talk to our senior staff directly.
On admission, all dogs must be free from any condition which could potentially jeopardize our other canine guests. Any dog who has been ill within the last 30 days will require a Veterinarian’s certification of health to be admitted or re-admitted to the Bowen Island Dog Ranch.
On admission, all dogs must be free from fleas and ticks, and must be on a monthly flea and tick prevention regime. We accept dogs who are on either an oral or topical preventative. Here is a list of preventives we accept:
Oral: Capstar, Comfortis, Trifexis, Sentinel, Bravecto, Nexguard
Topical: Advantix II, Advantage II, Revolution, Frontlineplus, FiproGuard, FiproGuard MAX, PetArmor, PetArmor Plus
We are able to board puppies only after their 16-week vaccination booster. Please be aware that your puppy may still be susceptible to illness and we cannot guarantee immune protection until one week after the final boosters (between 4 and 5 months of age).
Medication can be given with food in a pill or liquid format. We are only able to give subcutaneous injections. Please provide clear instructions and prepare the pills for each use (break pills in half if necessary). We keep a daily record of medication administered.
We oversee all dogs throughout their stay for basic medical issues, as well as for typical ear and eye problems. If an infection persists, then we take appropriate action after contacting you, and a Vet consultation may be pursued. A Health Journal is kept daily.