There is a great deal to prepare when you choose to board your dog, from organizing what she will be eating and where she will be sleeping to actually helping to emotionally prepare your furbaby for the separation. However, one thing that you will certainly want and need to make a priority is ensuring that your canine pal has had a recent pet wellness exam.
What is usually included in a pet wellness exam?
Every veterinary clinic is different, and this means that exactly what tests are included in a pet wellness exam can vary slightly. However, they typically encompass the following assessments:
A full blood count blood test. This is a test that examines how many red and white cells are present in your dog’s blood and can be used to check for anemia, or to see if he already unwell and fighting a potential illness. If this is the case, his white blood cell count would be raised.
A blood chemistry profile. This is another type of blood test but is designed to assess how well your canine’s organs and main body systems (circulatory system, waste processing etc) are functioning.
A urinalysis. This involves testing a sample of your dog’s urine to check for any abnormalities.
A fecal test. This involves testing a sample of your dog’s poop to check for any abnormalities or any signs of a parasite infestation.
In addition to the testing performed above, you can expect your vet to conduct a nose to tail physical check of your dog’s body to see if there are any unusual lumps or bumps. The weight of your furbaby will be recorded and her vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiratory rate) recorded. If there is any cause for concern, your veterinarian can then recommend the best course of action.
Why is a wellness exam so important prior to dog boarding?
A wellness examination is undoubtedly a very important part of preventative health care for animals at all stages of their life. However, this is particularly true when they are preparing to go into a high-risk environment like kennels.
When your dog goes into kennels, he will be close proximity to dozens of other animals and since accommodations are rarely airtight, any airborne diseases could easily be passed around the entire population of canine’s staying there. Even those which need to be passed directly are still a risk since dogs will get up close and personal with one another during recreation times. This could lead to many dogs being returned to their owner’s sick – something that neither your, your dog not the proprietor of the kennels will want, particularly since doing so would jeopardize the popularity of their facility. No one wants to send their dog to somewhere where they are going to contact an illness and will avoid these places at all costs.
For this reason, many boarding facilities have very strict criteria for your dog to meet before he will be allowed to stay with them. This almost always revolves around protecting health since most will ask for proof that your pet is up to date with her vaccinations and other types of preventative health care. This includes parasite prevention, such as against fleas and ticks. Be sure to check the requirements of your chosen boarding facility before booking your dog in.
By making sure that your dog is as healthy as possible when he goes into boarding, you can relax knowing that you aren’t going to spread any unpleasant illnesses, and all the animals in the facility can enjoy a happy and healthy visit. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our clinic at Andelusia, Alabama.