Dogs who have never been vaccinated should not attend the Center for their own protection, unless they have been titer tested and show natural immunity has been acquired.
Pet guardians must certify their dog has been vaccinated, or titre tested, within the past 3 years, or must advise us if the dog has not been vaccinated or titer tested.
We reserve the right to request that you provide permission to your vet allowing us to obtain Proof of Vaccination / Titer Testing directly from your vet. Any charge incurred is at your cost.
Vaccinations Are Not Immunization. There are no 100% guarantees your dog will not pick up a disease for which it has been vaccinated against, but vaccinations do decrease, control, and prevent diseases.
Vaccinations come with both Benefits and Risks. Please discuss this with your vet, know what to watch for after your dog is vaccinated, and what to do if your dog has a reaction.
Frequency of Vaccination is also important. Traditionally, vaccinations have been given on an annual basis. More recent protocols involve re-vaccinating every 3 years. Recent evidence suggests that the duration of immunity from some vaccines can last years longer in some dogs. Titer testing before re-vaccinating is a wise option. We recommend you discuss this in detail with your vet and obtain professional advice on this matter as it applies to your particular dog.
Rabies Vaccinations are required by law. The City of Winnipeg requires them to be done a minimum of every 3 years. Please consult with your vet to ensure your rabies vaccinations are kept up to date as required by law.
Bordatella is a non-core vaccine (i.e., one that is based on lifestyle) and is recommended by most vets for dogs who interact often with many other dogs, especially in indoor spaces and other spaces frequented often by dogs. In simplest terms, it is like getting a flu shot to help your dog protect against certain strains of this canine illness which is similar to people having the cold or flu. It is contagious and can be passed around. And, also like with humans, some dogs can get very sick, even die, after contracting this, but, other dogs can easily and quickly pull through it. Please discuss the need for this vaccine with your vet for professional recommendations. Again, do not send your dog to daycare if any symptoms of any illness have been displayed by the dog – but please do let us know so that we can inform others of the illness.
Puppies should be fully vaccinated and not attend our facility until they have received their boosters and sufficient time has passed (10-14 days) to ensure they are as protected as possible. Please consult your veterinarian for their recommendation as to when your puppy can start daycare or other socialization activities. For most Head Start Early Socialization Classes, puppies should have received at least one full set of vaccinations 10 days before beginning classes.
To attend our center, all dogs must be healthy, free of parasites, vaccinated (or titer tested), and, for daycare and playgroup, they should be spayed or neutered if over 6 months in age, or arrangements made with us.
If your vet says your dog cannot receive certain vaccinations, or cannot receive them on a traditional schedule, please speak with us.
We accept and encourage titer testing to check continued immunity before re-vaccinating. (Rabies is required every 3 years by law in the City of Winnipeg). See more on vaccinations below.
If your dog has a medical condition, please discuss it with us.
No dog should come to the center or any event without clearance if the dog has been injured, ill, or displaying signs of physical distress, injury, or illness. Common signs of injury and illness include: lameness, limping, whining, crying, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, not eating, not drinking, excessive drinking, more frequent or inappropriate elimination, constipation, drooling, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, congestion, unexplained weight loss, weakness, panting for no reason, wheezing, excessive scratching, dull, dry or flaky coat, and any other behaviour or condition that is in any way out of the ordinary for your dog.
We expect the dogs in our care to have an annual veterinary wellness exam, regardless of the frequency of their vaccination protocol. Many owners regularly attend their vet each year, and their dogs receive vaccinations and are given a Wellness Exam at that time. If you do not get your dog vaccinated on an annual frequency (as is no longer recommended), you should still ensure your dog gets a yearly Wellness Exam. Many things caught early are manageable, but caught late can be deadly. You will be asked to certify this when you fill out our forms.
The owners of all dogs joining our small dog center are required to provide Proof of Vaccination or Titre Test Evidence of Immunity upon request. They are required to certify that their dog has been fully vaccinated or titre tested (positively) within the last 3 years, and that their dog receives annual Wellness Exams. They must also acknowledge that they are aware that vaccinations do not guarantee a dog will not contract the disease for which they have been vaccinated against. Finally, they must also acknowledge awareness and acceptance of any and all risk inherent with the interaction of their dog with other dogs, including, but not limited to: the contraction of parasites, or other contagious conditions and diseases, as well as bodily injury.