Kennel Cough & Papillomas Policies
Kennel Cough Policy
We require that all dog have up to date Kennel Cough vaccinations to attend any of our programs at K9 Connection. Kennel Cough is similar to the human flu in that the vaccine only protects against certain strains. Signs and symptoms of Kennel Cough include persistent, forceful cough which sounds like a goose honk, sneezing, runny nose and eye discharge. Your dog may not lose his or her appetite nor have a decreased energy level. If your dog comes to our program with Kennel Cough, we will contact you immediately and ask that you delay the start of the program until your dog has been cough-free for 7 days.
If your dog develops Kennel Cough while in the program, we will keep your dog separated from other dogs as well as sanitize their cot, enclosure and bowl. Dogs with Kennel Cough will not be able to participate in socialization due to the highly contagious nature of the virus. If one of your dog’s main goals for training requires socialization, we will ask you to pick up your dog and keep them home until they are symptom-free. At this point, we will resume your training program.
Papillomas are small, benign tumors of the mouth caused by the papilloma virus. These tumors look like warts and present on lips or the muzzle of a young dog. Less commonly, papillomas can occur on the eyelids and even the surface of the eye or between the toes. Papillomas are highly contagious and can transmit via direct contact or through shared surfaces, toys, bedding or water bowls. The incubation period is 1 to 2 months so it can present while in our facility but have been transmitted elsewhere. Any dog that we suspect has a Papilloma will be isolated and cots, water bowls, enclosures will be sanitized. Dogs will Papillomas cannot participate in socialization due to the highly contagious nature of the virus. If one of your dog’s main goals for training requires socialization, we will ask you to pick up your dog and keep them home until the wart has fallen off and the wound has healed or closed. At this point, we will resume your training program.