There is no specific guideline on how often to bathe your dog, although certain factors like quality and texture of his/her coat will be a good indication. Look for matting, build up, oils, and smell of the coat to determine when to bathe your dog. Regular brushing can help extend time between baths, and keep the coat clean, especially during times of shedding. Keep in mind that bathing your dog too often can rob his/her coat of essential oils and conditioners, and lead to irritated skin, and a dry, damaged coat. Always use shampoo that is made especially for dogs for proper pH balance and conditioning.
There is a major misconception with the origin of “kennel cough”. The name itself suggests that your dog can get kennel cough at a boarding facility, which is true; but only partially true. “Kennel cough” should be called canine cough, because that’s exactly what it is. Similar to the common cold, it can be spread and picked up in a dog park, a vet clinic, and even your back yard. Think of children and how easily they pick up a cold in elementary school. It is the same with your dogs, and depending on the severity and presence of other bacteria, it can develop into a harsh, more flu-like sickness. Canine cough is highly contagious and can carry many symptoms including: coughing, wheezing, retching, sneezing, and a runny nose. In severe cases, especially in puppies and elderly dogs, recovery takes weeks or leads to death.
What You Can Do
Things you can do to help prevent canine cough in your dog:
• Get the proper vaccinations from your vet
• Help ensure your dog’s overall health
• Monitor your dog’s interaction with other dogs
• Be choosy when selecting your family pet resort
What Applewood Does
At Applewood, we continually educate ourselves on any infectious disease or bacteria that could possibly infect our guests. We have taken proper and necessary steps to maintain a clean and healthy resort, with your dog’s health in mind:
• We require record of Bordetella vaccination upon check-in
• Separate climate zones with several independent air conditioners that frequently exchange air
• High cleanliness standards
• Proper sanitation procedures
• Isolation of possibly infected dogs
• Isolation of puppies and older, more prone dogs