What about illness, or returning after a veterinary procedure?
As we are not trained or staffed to look after ill dogs, dogs cannot attend WLD if they are ill, or showing symptoms/signs of illness. Symptoms may include (not all listed):
- Coughing, Sneezing, Eye Discharge
- Constant/Excessive Diarrhea, Vomiting
- Have a fever
- Have an open sore/wound
It is an owner’s responsibility to inform staff of any symptoms or recent illness prior to bringing dogs into the facility. We understand that some symptoms don’t present themselves immediately. Dogs attending daycare or boarding who exhibit these symptoms will be separated from all other dogs, and will be sent home. Depending on the type and severity of the symptom, they may require a vet visit before returning.
Any dogs getting over an Upper Respiratory Infection can return to daycare following 7 days of being symptom-free. Starting the day AFTER the last cough, count 7 days.
Any dogs recovering from a general surgical procedure, like spay/neuter, can only return after a MINIMUM 7 days with a certificate from the veterinarian, or 14 days without, following the operation. Day 1 is the day following the procedure. Dogs may not be permitted to attend if a surgical site does not appear healthy. More intense or serious procedures may need a longer recovery time. Always discuss concerns with your veterinarian.
Due to the varied pathological processes of various illness, we do not offer advice on illnesses and simply follow our protocol to provide first aid and contact owners. Coughing is one of the most frequent symptom we see, and have to send dogs home for. While many other non-contagious illness or diagnosis’ cause a cough, dogs will be sent home unless cleared by the vet/provide proof of diagnosis that causes a non-contagious cough. We also highly recommend appropriate training if using a check chain, flat collar or harness to ensure that your dog’s neck is not damaged.
On the rare occasion that we cannot contact the owner or emergency contact, and if it is considered the symptoms are severe enough, we will convene a panel of the daycare staff (some of whom have had experience working in a veterinary clinic, and all who have had pet first aid) and decide if the situation warrants a visit to the veterinary clinic.