Which Vaccinations Does My Dog Need?
Regardless of where you take your dog for daycare, there are certain vaccines the daycare should always require: rabies, parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, canine influenza and bordetella, which dogs in daycare facilities have a heightened risk of contracting.
“Bordetella is a respiratory disease caused by a bacteria that can be transmitted when dogs are housed in close contact,” says Dr. Steven Friedenberg, an assistant professor in the department of veterinary clinical sciences at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
Although bordetella isn’t typically fatal, it is highly contagious and can cause serious respiratory disease in your dog. The vaccine should be given through the nose, as this form is most protective, Friedenberg says.
You should also make sure that the daycare requires your dog to be up-to-date on any preventive care (e.g., fecal examinations or heartworm testing and prevention) that is standard for your area.
“I think it’s a reasonable thing to look for in a daycare that the dogs allowed are healthy dogs,” says Dr. Andrea Morden-Moore, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist in Urbana, Illinois.