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    Sick after boarding?

    Background: Our dogs were boarded from Sunday until Thursday last week. We brought their food, and opted out of group play because I didn't know the dogs and wouldn't be there to supervise (I'm a control freak...)

    On Thursday, Luke had diarrhea, shaking and panting like he was having some belly pain. He felt better that night, and was fine Friday. Then, Saturday, Porkchop had the same symptoms all day- he was better this morning. We were going to take them both to the e-vet this morning if either was still showing symptoms.

    They've had all their vaccs, and have never responded this way to boarding. Has anyone had a spell of diarrhea and belly pain after boarding before? They are eating and drinking well now, so I'm not concerned at this point, but it was so unexpected. Any ideas?

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    Re: Sick after boarding?

    It could be girdia, though I am not a vet so I'm not sure. I've always said boarding kennels is like a disease box. I'm sure not all kennels are like this but I have never known a person who boarded their dog that didn't come back sick.


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    Where did you board them? Vet clinic or general boarding facility? What do they require to admit a dog for boarding...shots, vet's certificate???
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    We boarded them at PetSmart... Never again. That was the first mistake. They did require all vet records, and required all vaccines including bordatella (which the dogs don't get on a routine basis, but did take for boarding). They actually called my vet in Louisiana (we are living in Seattle for 3 months for work) to get verify their records! At home, they dogs stay with my in-laws, so hopefully this will be their last boarding experience.

    Durb- Giardia definitely came to mind, but their stools are firm now, and symptomatic giardia usually hangs around until treated with Flagyl, etc.

    I hate that they felt crummy for a bit, but am so thankful that they are back to normal. I talked to the e-vet that lives in my complex and she said not to worry unless they start having loose stools again. I just didn't know if it was common.

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    Maybe they fed a different food than what you told them to and the food just upset their stomachs from the sudden change?


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    Re: Sick after boarding?

    Quote Originally Posted by melsysmutts View Post
    We boarded them at PetSmart... Never again. That was the first mistake. They did require all vet records, and required all vaccines including bordatella (which the dogs don't get on a routine basis, but did take for boarding). They actually called my vet in Louisiana (we are living in Seattle for 3 months for work) to get verify their records! At home, they dogs stay with my in-laws, so hopefully this will be their last boarding experience.

    Durb- Giardia definitely came to mind, but their stools are firm now, and symptomatic giardia usually hangs around until treated with Flagyl, etc.

    I hate that they felt crummy for a bit, but am so thankful that they are back to normal. I talked to the e-vet that lives in my complex and she said not to worry unless they start having loose stools again. I just didn't know if it was common.

    Why would you never board your dog again at PetSmart if they check vaccination records so rigerously?

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    It might be great that they require all dogs to be vaccinated. But that doesn't mean that the conditions are sanitary, personnel are trained properly, that they feed the food you have requested, or that fresh water is provided several times per day. I can think of a million reasons besides UTD vaccinations that make a boarding facility acceptable.
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    Re: Sick after boarding?

    Quote Originally Posted by KaseyT View Post
    Why would you never board your dog again at PetSmart if they check vaccination records so rigerously?
    I should have been more clear- I was happy with the pre-boarding routines, but they came home smelling like urine. Luke does submissively urinate, but he never smells like urine at home- his skirt fur was matted and stiff with urine.

    Also, their "progress reports" were such a load of crap- The girl checked the "best" box in every category for both dogs, like "I quickly scarfed all of my food down!". They NEVER eat all of their food, and are very leisurely eaters. Scarf is the one word I can't ever imagine using to describe their eating habits. Also, they noted the submissive urination for Luke, but also said he was very happy to meet new dog friends. They weren't supposed to join group playtime, so I'm not sure how they met other dogs.

    Maybe I'm overreacting... I just wasn't pleased with the service overall. The vet/vaccs checks were great, though. I've got to give them that.

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