I was reading the Pet Boarding and Daycare magazine and there was a great article on vaccinations. Vaccinations are a source of questions that we answer regularly. The common misconception is that vaccinations are like immunization shots in people. This is not really the case. Many dog illnesses, such as Canine Cough, have many different strains and the vaccinations are not going to provide antibodies to all of them. Pets that are current on all of their shots can still catch these illnesses, but they are typically less severe. Think of the vaccinations like getting a flu shot. You may not catch the flu this season, but if you do, it will typically be less severe than if you didn’t have the shot.
Another item that was mentioned is the need for proper cleaning to help prevent the spread of infections. This is extremely true. We perform deep cleaning twice a day at our facility to help control germs. All of the surfaces are disinfected and the floor is mopped with a broad spectrum antibiotic. There is always a chance of catching a “cold”, since dogs lick each other and play with their mouths, but we do everything possible to keep the facility as clean as a veterinarian’s office.
The full article can be found here: http://www.barkleigh.com/pbd/pbd_issue1/pdf/PET_BOARDING_DAYCARE_ISSUE_1.pdf and begins on page 13.