(906) 387-4035 info@ruffnreddy.com
E9678 Prospect Street • Wetmore, Michigan 49895

Kenneling

We understand that your pets are a part of your family. At Ruff N Reddy we provide quality care in a clean, safe and comfortable environment. You can leave and know your companions will be well taken care of.

By Appointment Only. Call for pricing.

For holidays, please call and listen to voicemail message for holiday hours.

Our girls, Lily and Anna Belle, love to visit Ruff N Reddy. When we arrive, their tails are wagging with excitement… eager to greet Karla and Joleen. We leave confident our ‘girls’ are well taken care of.

What you should know before kenneling

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is uncommon at our kennel, but it does occur. Although most dogs never get diarrhea while being boarded, others get it every time they are boarded. Occasionally a dog that has had firm stools here will get diarrhea when he/ she returns home. What can cause this sudden onset of gastric distress?

Stress related diarrhea: we believe that the most common cause of diarrhea is “stress.” This cause of diarrhea most frequently occurs with dogs who have never been boarded or who are infrequently boarded. The sudden change in the dog’s routine causes them to stress out, and the result can be gastric distress. This is why dogs that have had firm stools here may develop diarrhea when they return home. It is the change in environment that causes the stress.

Dietary change: another cause of diarrhea is due to a sudden change in diet. This sudden dietary change is compounded by the stress of being boarded, and the result can be diarrhea. This type of diarrhea can usually be avoided by providing us with your dog’s food.

Note: If diarrhea is noticed during boarding, we will first contact you so you can contact your veterinarian and give us the recommended treatment. If we are not able to get in touch with you, we will contact the veterinarian you have listed on your registration forms, and we will follow his/hers recommended treatment. You will be responsible for any medical expenses incurred. If diarrhea should occur after you return home, be sure to tell your veterinarian that your dog was recently boarded with us. Given that the strict guidelines are followed for daily cleaning and disinfecting of our kennel, it is unlikely that the diarrhea is caused by something other than dietary changes and stress.

 

Kennel Cough

It is important that all clients are made aware that kennel cough is present in Michigan and does not originate in a kennel. Kennel cough is not “born” in the kennel; it can be (and usually is) “caught” outside the kennel and brought in by a boarder. A dog can be exposed at a park, grooming shop, pet store, veterinary office, walking around a neighborhood, or any place where dogs congregate or pass through. The disease is not unique to a kennel, therefore, the more appropriate term is canine cough. Unfortunately, canine cough usually does not show visible symptoms for 5-7 days after exposure. While we make intense efforts to prevent an outbreak in our kennel through extensive cleaning and disinfecting, public awareness, and by requiring vaccinations, we cannot guarantee that your dog will not be exposed.

Again, we make every effort to prevent an outbreak of canine cough!! All dogs are required to be up to date on all vaccinations, including bordetella; therefore, clients who board their dogs with us do so at their own risk.

We require that all dogs that enter our kennel have been properly vaccinated and that the owners provide us with written proof. Records must be updated annually.

What is kennel cough?

It’s a “doggy cold” a generic term used to indicate canine infectious tracheobronchitis, a highly infectious upper respiratory disease that is caused from a number of bacteria such as bordetella bronchiseptica, and viruses such as canine parainfluenaza. Coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge are common symptoms of kennel cough. These symptoms can last from a few days to several weeks. Since it is a viral infection, there is no “cure,” just as there is no cure for the common cold. As a self-limiting disease, it will go away on its own, just like any other cold or flu. However, many veterinarians will prescribe a cough suppressant or an antibiotic to prevent secondary infections.

 

Flea Control

We recommend (but it’s not required) that prior to being boarded, your pet receive a form of flea treatment. The best flea treatment is available at your veterinarian’s office.

****** We encourage preventative measures to help control fleas. Please ask your veterinarian about their safe new products. ******

 

Administering Medications

We will administer veterinarian prescribed medications to your dog as part of our daily kennel routine. There may be additional charges which will be discussed and determined prior to boarding.