Health and Safety2018-11-27T11:30:10+00:00

Health 

Health

Veterinarian Consults

Vineyard Kennels has consulted extensively with local veterinarian experts. We follow their guidance for cleaning and operations, and continue to consult on an as-needed basis (e.g., injury, colitis, special diets, canine cough).

In the unlikely event that your pet has a medical problem while staying with us, we will first attempt to contact your veterinarian on file. If your veterinarian is unavailable, we will work with our local veterinarian, Main Street Animal Hospital in Templeton. Dr. Ehlinger consults with us regularly on protocols to help keep your pets safe and healthy during their stay, including sanitation, prevention and treatment of minor injuries, and containment of infectious disease.

We do our best to protect dogs who stay with us by employing the following vet-approved policies:

  • Dogs arriving showing active symptoms will not be admitted.
  • Any dogs who develop symptoms during their stay will be isolated to prevent infection of healthy dogs.
  • In the rare event that your dog becomes sick while staying with us, you can rest easy knowing we will handle him or her with care, providing plenty of rest, fluids, and staff monitoring. We will consult with you immediately if symptoms become serious or require veterinary care.

Dogs with serious allergies (e.g., bee stings) should be boarded by a medical facility for their own safety.

Due to the risks of bloat and other activity related injuries, a separate waiver must be signed for open recess.

Vaccinations

For everyone’s safety, Vineyard Kennels has a strict vaccination policy for all dogs. Required vaccinations are DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus), Bordetella (Canine Cough), and Rabies. These must be current and completed a minimum of 3 days prior to boarding. No vaccinations are administered on property.

Canine Flu Vaccine

Different from the parainfluenza that the DHPP broad spectrum vaccine covers, Canine Flu is highly contagious, and very uncomfortable. Our consulting vet is able to monitor a national data base tracking canine flu incidences. They are on the increase, mostly in urban eastern areas of the country, but numerous cases have been seen on the greater LA and Bay Areas. We are officially recommending canine flu for all guests, and it is required for any dog originating outside of our immediate area. It will likely soon be a requirement for local dogs, so please prepare for this ahead of time.

Please send proof of vaccinations to:

Vineyard Kennels
P.O. Box 2076
Paso Robles, CA 93447

or email them to us at vineyardkennelpr@gmail.com

Canine Cough

Canine cough is a generally mild illness that affects only dogs. Similar to a cough in humans (although not contagious to people), canine cough may be caused by several different types of viruses or bacteria that spread from dog to dog through the air. Much like the human flu, the canine cough vaccine (Bordetella bronchiseptica) is only partially effective. For these reasons, dogs can come down with canine cough after any contact with other dogs—including at dog parks, your neighbor’s house, a veterinary office, and even the cleanest and most spacious of kennels.

A Note About Bloat

Bloat is a very serious gastrointestinal condition that occurs most often in (but not limited to) giant, barrel-chested dog breeds. When it includes torsion (turning of the stomach) it is almost always fatal if untreated. Owners, if you have one of these dogs, do your homework. It does not always follow rigorous exercise after gulping food and water, as it has occurred in sedentary animals as well. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if a gastropexy, the preventative surgery for bloat, is right for your pet. Here are the proven things you can do to reduce the incident of bloat in animals predisposed to it. Dogs that bloat can die of shock due to poor blood return to the heart. Therefore, the dogs that bloat show signs of shock. Here is what you might see if a dog were to bloat. When identified early, the prognosis for bloat is actually pretty good. About 85% of dogs survive if the condition is identified within the first 4-6 hours. So, the key thing is identifying a sick animal and seeking help quickly.

Veterinarian Consults

Vineyard Kennels has consulted extensively with local veterinarian experts. We follow their guidance for cleaning and operations, and continue to consult on an as-needed basis (e.g., injury, colitis, special diets, canine cough).

In the unlikely event that your pet has a medical problem while staying with us, we will first attempt to contact your veterinarian on file. If your veterinarian is unavailable, we will work with our local veterinarian, Main Street Animal Hospital in Templeton. Dr. Ehlinger consults with us regularly on protocols to help keep your pets safe and healthy during their stay, including sanitation, prevention and treatment of minor injuries, and containment of infectious disease.

We do our best to protect dogs who stay with us by employing the following vet-approved policies:

  • Dogs arriving showing active symptoms will not be admitted.
  • Any dogs who develop symptoms during their stay will be isolated to prevent infection of healthy dogs.
  • In the rare event that your dog becomes sick while staying with us, you can rest easy knowing we will handle him or her with care, providing plenty of rest, fluids, and staff monitoring. We will consult with you immediately if symptoms become serious or require veterinary care.

Dogs with serious allergies (e.g., bee stings) should be boarded by a medical facility for their own safety.

Due to the risks of bloat and other activity related injuries, a separate waiver must be signed for open recess.

Vaccinations

For everyone’s safety, Vineyard Kennels has a strict vaccination policy for all dogs. Required vaccinations are
DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus), Bordetella (Canine Cough), and Rabies. These must be current and completed a minimum of 3 days prior to boarding. No vaccinations are administered on property.

Canine Flu
Different from the parainfluenza that the DHPP broad spectrum vaccine covers, Canine Flu is highly contagious, and very uncomfortable. Our consulting vet is able to monitor a national data base tracking canine flu incidences. They are on the increase, mostly in urban eastern areas of the country, but numerous cases have been seen on the greater LA and Bay Areas. We are officially recommending canine flu for all guests, and it is required for any dog originating outside of our immediate area. It will likely soon be a requirement for local dogs, so please prepare for this ahead of time.

Please send proof of vaccinations to:
Vineyard Kennels
P.O. Box 2076
Paso Robles, CA 93447

or email them to us at vineyardkennelpr@gmail.com

Canine Cough

Canine Cough

Canine cough is a generally mild illness that affects only dogs. Similar to a cough in humans (although not contagious to people), canine cough may be caused by several different types of viruses or bacteria that spread from dog to dog through the air. Much like the human flu, the canine cough vaccine (Bordetella bronchiseptica) is only partially effective. For these reasons, dogs can come down with canine cough after any contact with other dogs—including at dog parks, your neighbor’s house, a veterinary office, and even the cleanest and most spacious of kennels.

A Note About Bloat

Bloat is a very serious gastrointestinal condition that occurs most often in (but not limited to) giant, barrel-chested dog breeds. When it includes torsion (turning of the stomach) it is almost always fatal if untreated. Owners, if you have one of these dogs, do your homework. It does not always follow rigorous exercise after gulping food and water, as it has occurred in sedentary animals as well. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if a gastropexy, the preventative surgery for bloat, is right for your pet. Here are the proven things you can do to reduce the incident of bloat in animals predisposed to it. Dogs that bloat can die of shock due to poor blood return to the heart. Therefore, the dogs that bloat show signs of shock. Here is what you might see if a dog were to bloat. When identified early, the prognosis for bloat is actually pretty good. About 85% of dogs survive if the condition is identified within the first 4-6 hours. So, the key thing is identifying a sick animal and seeking help quickly.

Safety 

Safety

At Vineyard Kennels, your dogs’ well-being is our number 1 priority.

That’s why we offer:

  • Pet CPR-certified senior staff (E911); all staff pass a safety examination
  • 7-8 foot perimeter fences, with higher and fully enclosed “anti-jump” areas
  • Climate-controlled lodging (central heating and industrial cooling systems)
  • Hotel-quality RO water with UV disinfection and triple filtration
  • Evening wellness check conducted by onsite resident staff
  • Comprehensive trauma kit on-hand, with access to 24-hour emergency hospital
  • Fire protection and entry alarms
  • Quarantine facility and evacuation protocols
  • Intake evaluations performed by experienced staff to assess health, disposition, and appropriate placement

Fire Protection

Fire protection at Vineyard Kennels is provided automatically by Sentenial Security Systems. Our core building is constructed of fire-resistant cinder block and cement, and we have sophisticated heat and smoke detectors in each paddock. Fire extinguishers are maintained and located in each paddock/area. All heaters are electric and beyond the reach of dogs. No open flames are permitted in our facility.

The local fire station (less than 2 miles away) is first on the list to be called in an emergency, followed by the kennel owner and manager (both of whom reside on property) and our handyman, who lives less than 1/2 a mile away.

In the event of local wildfires, protocols are in place to evacuate quickly to our partner facility (the compound of a local dog rescue located in Templeton, via organized volunteers, staff and family members).

Pit Bulls and related breeds

We welcome pit bulls and bull crosses on an individually evaluated basis. Due to stricter insurance regulations, a separate liability waiver must be signed, and we cannot allow these breeds to enter social groups of any kind.

At Vineyard Kennels, your dogs’ well-being is our number 1 priority.

That’s why we offer:

  • Pet CPR-certified senior staff (E911); all staff pass a safety examination
  • 7-8 foot perimeter fences, with higher and fully enclosed “anti-jump” areas
  • Climate-controlled lodging (central heating and industrial cooling systems)
  • Hotel-quality RO water with UV disinfection and triple filtration
  • Evening wellness check conducted by onsite resident staff
  • Comprehensive trauma kit on-hand, with access to 24-hour emergency hospital
  • Fire protection and entry alarms
  • Quarantine facility and evacuation protocols
  • Intake evaluations performed by experienced staff to assess health, disposition, and appropriate placement

Fire Protection

Fire protection at Vineyard Kennels is provided automatically by Sentenial Security Systems. Our core building is constructed of fire-resistant cinder block and cement, and we have sophisticated heat and smoke detectors in each paddock. Fire extinguishers are maintained and located in each paddock/area. All heaters are electric and beyond the reach of dogs. No open flames are permitted in our facility.

The local fire station (less than 2 miles away) is first on the list to be called in an emergency, followed by the kennel owner and manager (both of whom reside on property) and our handyman, who lives less than 1/2 a mile away.

In the event of local wildfires, protocols are in place to evacuate quickly to our partner facility (the compound of a local dog rescue located in Templeton, via organized volunteers, staff and family members).

Pit Bulls and related breeds

We welcome pit bulls and bull crosses on an individually evaluated basis. Due to stricter insurance regulations, a separate liability waiver must be signed, and we cannot allow these breeds to enter social groups of any kind.

Serving the pets of our community since 1996

Serving the pets of our community since 1996
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