Frequently Asked Questions
Has your furry friend never been on a holiday without you? Here are a few questions you may have.
The only things you need to bring are any medications and special feed that your pet might be on and your current vaccination booklet. We will provide all warm bedding and the highest quality feed in all other circumstances.
Should you feel the need to bring anything extra for you pet every effort will be made to return all your belongings, but cannot be guaranteed. Please help us by labelling everything clearly.
Check that your pets’ vaccinations are up to date. Compulsory for dogs is Distemper, Parvovirus, Para Influenza and Kennel Cough, Vaccinations must be current and administered ten days prior to check-in. Leptospirosis is optional for boarding. Also please ensure your pet has been treated for internal and external parasites prior to boarding.
No Worries, we can contact your veterinarian and get the information needed however due to the extra time and phone bills incurred with this process, so there is a charge of $5.00 for this service.
If we can not confirm your pet’s vaccinations, unfortunately your pet’s stay with us will be refused.
When your dog is new to our boarding facilities they will be run alone until their nature is assessed we will choose appropriate playmates for your dog so that they may have the full enjoyment during their stay.
Yes. Although they have an adjoining outdoor run, all of our dogs are let out into a private exercise yard at least two times a day for approximately 2-2 1/2hrs both morning and afternoon.
You may drop off your pet anytime we are open. 8am – 9.30am and 4pm – 5.30pm Daily. You will be charged for a full day of boarding the day you drop off your pet, regardless of drop off time.
If you pick up during our afternoon hours (4pm – 5.30pm) you will be charged a half day charge as the room is occupied until the end of that day and cannot be re-booked.
Animals are unpredictable creatures, and your pet is no exception! An emergency number is necessary just in case a situation arises with your dog where we need to speak with you directly, or with someone who knows your dog well enough to speak for you.
Absolutely! One of our staff members would love to show you around our facility, and the space where your pet will be boarding or enjoying Doggy Daycare
during our opening hours by appointment and only available on your first visit with us due to the disruption to other pets.
It is a good idea to make a reservation year round. Holidays and local school vacations are very busy times for us, so it is best to book a reservation in advance to ensure a spot for your pet.
Note for all cancellations or no shows our cancellation policy will apply – see here
Therefore, please make sure your details are correct and you definitely require the booking, like a hotel no refunds or credits are given during holiday & peak season periods. For all confirmed bookings your are required to drop off and pick up your dog(s) on the dates and times stated on your booking confirmation.
Under special circumstances and by prior arrangement you may visit your pet but please be aware that anyone new into the Kennels can cause an upset.
If you have a friend or family member pick up your pet, it’s best to make sure they know what items you left with your dog. Also, it is easier if you pre-pay for your pet’s stay if you have someone else pick him or her up. We also need their name and number.
That’s no problem! Just bring us your dog’s medication(s). All care and attention is provided in this matter and we have strict individual medication charts that are signed off as they are administered.
If you are a seasoned boarding client these words are all too familiar. You may also recognise the more formal name as well, Bordetella.
Unless your dog NEVER leaves the house and is NEVER exposed to any other dogs, they can contract bordetella, aka “Canine Cough” at ANYTIME. It is a respiratory infectious bronchitis primarily caused by the canine Para influenza virus and a bacterium called Bordetella Bronchiseptica. You can find “Canine Cough” anywhere dogs gather, at the groomers, dog parks, obedience classes, place of boarding, and yes, just walking down the street. The dogs can contract this cough just like we humans can, by being in contact with an infected dog. It is an airborne disease.
The good news is that it it TREATABLE (whew!). There is a vaccine for it called, Bordetella or if your dog has it you can treat it with antibiotics (unlike a cold in humans). Treatment is usually a simple dose of antibiotics taken over several days. Your dog may be a little bit more tired and have a sad look on its face. Just give lots of TLC along with the medicine and your dog will be romping around in no time.
Wondering if your dog has “Canine Cough?” The SYMPTOMS are very common: congestion,cough, gagging, and oh yeah that lovely nasal discharge.. ahhcooo (tissue please!).
We here at the Pet Lodge are doing all we can to prevent “Canine Cough.” We require the Bordetella vaccine on every dog that comes in and work hard
to keep the airflow moving and being constantly replaced with outside air. Although the vaccine is effective, it is not a guarantee that your dog will never get “Canine Cough.” We recommend that the vaccine be given once a year if you board regularly.
Please contact or call your vet if you have any further questions.
Luckily, Bordetella does not happen on a regular basis; so don’t worry, your dog will be happy and healthy during their stay here.