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Has anyone heard of......

Ok, my husband and I have to go away and we can't take Tucker with us so I checked out a boarding place not too far from us. They said because of his breed(flat faced) that he needs the 'canine influenza' vaccine. What does everyone think?? Have you heard of this?? It's gonna be almost 70 bucks. Think they are just trying to scam people?? I have never even heard of this before. Thoughts and opinions??

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Maybe they mean kennel cough ?

I never heard of canine influenza. 

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Maybe they mean kennel cough ?

I never heard of canine influenza. 

Pegsy's picture

That's exactly what they

That's exactly what they mean...only b/c he'll 

be in close proximity w/other dogs...but if u do 

decide to get it why not go to your vet,might be 

cheaper,

smoochies the scrunchy face

Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

google Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza Vaccine, H3N8 KILLED VIRUS.

and do some research. Unfortunately boarding facilities have certain requirements when accepting dogs into their facility. Just one reason why I prefer an in home pet sitter. They also do not have enough experience with bulldogs and I can't tell you how many horror stories I've head about bulldogs dying in a boarding facility.

Katie and Tucker's picture

Well they don't....

..... mean Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is listed separately on their list of required vaccines. I'm going to speak to my vet tomorrow and ask what he thinks. They said he needed it because he is a flat faced breed dog. Weird. 

They also wanted us to get a current fecal floatation done before he comes and it has to come back negative. More $$$ since his last one was more than 6 months ago. Due to these strange two conditions I think this place is a no. Tucker does have experience boarding as we have family who can not be around animals therefore he can't always come with us. Yes, not leaving him anywhere would be the best scenario. We are very responsible owners and I wouldn't leave him anywhere I didn't feel was safe for him.

I know an in home sitter is the best option and many people only use people in home but that might not work right now. I'm going to get my vet's recommendation and I do have another place to check out. My vet's office is quite small and i'm pretty sure they don't board animals there.

Thanks for everyone's input. I hope no one thinks i'm a bad pet parent for having to board my dog. In a perfect world everyone would love dogs and no one would have allergies! Unfortunately that's not my world.

Have a wonderful week everybully and thanks again :)

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Sams74's picture

Hi

I know those are added expenses and extra vaccines, but if you look at it the other way, at least you know the other dogs there will be relatively healthy! I would prefer a place that took health seriously because my dog did catch kennel cough that turned to very dangerous pneumonia and giardia from a daycare facility.  Just something to think about, especially if you like the facility otherwise!! Good luck! 

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