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"I never have any worries when I leave my pets at Four Paws. My dogs always come home so happy!"
Being in a kennel environment, no matter how nice, can cause your pet stress. Stress can result in a number of behavioral changes, and can also weaken the immune system, resulting in sickness. Stressed dogs may develop intestinal problems or tracheobronchitis (canine cough, a highly contagious disease that is always a risk whenever dogs are together, especially in great concentration).
Their illness might not even come from other dogs – many dogs can carry viruses for months, but only become obviously sick when under stress.
Being in unfamiliar surroundings can often cause a dog or cat to alter their eating habits, so don't be alarmed by some appetite increase or decrease. Boarding life can be very exciting. Some dogs lose weight because they are so busy playing and having a wonderful time. These dogs may go home exhausted, but happy, and find themselves wanting to rest a lot for the next couple of days.
Over excitement may make a dog pant a lot and act thirsty. Rest assured your pet has had plenty of water available at all times while being boarded.
When your pet is back home after boarding, they may display unusual behavior, such as being excitable or destructive, unusual levels of exhaustion, or being extra "clingy". The temporary changes are normal and will diminish after being back in the comfort of their own home and family.
Diarrhea in boarding pets is not uncommon and occurs for a variety of reasons. Diarrhea is often observed in pets shortly after returning home. Stress from being away from home can cause bowel upsets. So does a change in diet (both in brand and format). A dog or cat may be harboring intestinal parasites, which may not cause a problem at home but can when patterns are interrupted and the pet is under stress. If your pet has a delicate digestive tract at home, we suggest you bring his or her regular food to the kennel.
We have an open-door belief and allow you to be a part or your pet's entire check-in experience.
Being away from home can be more stressful for older pets than for younger ones. Dogs and cats love their routines, and changing those patterns can upset them. Additionally, geriatric pets are more likely to have underlying health problems. Arthritis can make it difficult for them to get around.
We have steps in place to help your pet cope with stress. We provide additional attention, extra bedding, soft music, or a special boarding area away from the general pet population. We prefer you provide your Senior pet's food to avoid any potential upset stomach issues and to keep them on the diet they are used to. We want your senior pet to go home happy and healthy. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a dog or cat to become stressed, which can result in illness. We are prepared for these situations. Remember, we are in the business of boarding because of our love or animals. We want baording to be a pleasant experience for you and your senior pet.
Be honest about any known medical condition your pet may have. We will be better able to recognize problems with a particular condition if we know what to look for. Special care may need to be taken when handling or feeding the pet as well.
Take along all medications your pet may need during the stay. Be sure they are all labeled appropriately.
Leave an emergency number where you can be reached. If a problem arises during your pet's stay, we must be able to reach you or make a decision based on your requests. If we must seek veterinary care for your pets, be aware that you, as the owner, are financially responsible for your pet's treatment.
Many older pets have underlying conditions or undiagnosed illnesses that are not readily apparent. Stress plays an important role regarding your pet's health.
Stress can be caused by a variety of factors: being away from home and loved ones, a new environment, other dogs and cats, new noises, a change in food or water... the list goes on. Whatever triggers a stress reaction also triggers physical changes in your pet. For example, blood pressure increases and the heart has to work harder; the kidney and urinary systems slow down; the immune system, which fights off disease and infections, shuts down temporarily. We may see physical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, or increased respiration.
Stress helps animals cope with a situation. However, when stress is not relieved or reduced sufficiently, the body does not have a chance to rest and cleanse itself. The possible failure or one or more body systems becomes greater as the stress continues, especially if there is an underlying or previous disease. Since the immune system stops working, even bacteria or viruses that might not normally affect your pet can now cause illness. This is why your pet can become ill away from home, even when he or she appeared normal when you dropped them off. In reality, no one person can make your pet ill. Unforunately, there is no way of preventing a pet from becoming ill from the effects of stress.