vaccinations & health
At the Dog Ranch, we pride ourselves on ensuring a scrupulously healthy environment for your dog.
All guests staying with us must be in good health and have up-to-date dog vaccinations including Bordetella, DHPP and Rabies. Titer tests for DHPP are accepted, but must be renewed annually.
Please submit written confirmation from a Veterinarian that your dog has received the following vaccinations, as listed below. Forms can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or uploaded into your Customer Portal from our Make a Reservation page.
Senior dogs are welcome at the Bowen Island Dog Ranch if they stand up and able to walk outside to potty. They will be on our “geriatric schedule” and a few times a day based on their mobility, are able to wander around our artificial turf and flatter forest trails to get some fresh air with other older dogs and our staff. We cannot take senior dogs if they are incontinent.
Our required puppy vaccinations and age requirements can be found below.
Bordetella (for Kennel Cough): Annually
All dogs who have been previously vaccinated for Bordetella and are overdue for re-vaccination, must have had an intranasal booster no later than 72 hours BEFORE arriving at the Dog Ranch. Five to seven 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, followed by a booster two weeks later—and at least five days before boarding. Your dog will be fully protected 10 days following the booster. Alternately, and intranasal vaccination for the booster will achieve full immunity after five days.
Please note that the Bordetella vaccine covers most strains of the virus, but as it mutates yearly like the human cold, there is always a chance that even if you’re dog has the Bordetella vaccine, they may still show symptoms. It does however, usually lessen the severity of the Kennel Cough.
DHLPP (distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus):
The DHLPP vaccines is administered every one or three years, depending on your Vet’s protocols. We accept Titer tests for DHPP, updated annually.
The rabies vaccination is given every one or three years, depending on your Vet’s protocols. We accept senior dogs that do not keep up their rabies vaccination in their later years.
Other Health Details
City & Bowen Shuttle Transportation
We make it easy to transport your Pup to the Dog Ranch with one of our three city shuttle options.
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