Fecal Test: In effect June 15, 2018

Fecal Test: In effect June 1, 2018

Please bring in proof once this has been done or have your vet fax it to us. Fax: 605.232.8909


Here at The Dogwood Pet Hotel & Day Spa, your pet’s safety is our top priority. We strive to give your pet the best care while giving them a sense of home and for you a sense of mind that they are in good hands. We have decided to add an annual fecal test to our list of required vaccinations, which is to come back negative for parasites. This vaccination requirement is for all of our services: boarding, daycare, grooming and training. We called a few local vets in the area and they said that you do not need to have a vet appointment for this test to be done. Even if your dog is taking medication, such as heartworm medication, we still require a fecal test to be done.


Why are we requiring this? Having a fecal test done will rule out parasites, such as: Giardia, Coccidia, Roundworm, Hookworm and Whipworm. These kinds of parasites can survive for long periods in the soil outside. To eliminate other dogs possibly contracting these parasites we are asking an annual fecal test to be done. Again, your pet’s safety is our top priority. Any dog who has not had this test will not be able to use any of our services until this is done starting June 1, 2018. As always, any pet that has expired vaccinations will not be able to use our services until they are up to date.


Here are some of the references we used to make this decision.




While this vaccination is not a requirement, we recommend you also getting the Canine Influenza Vaccination to ensure the well-being of your pet. Canine influenza is highly contagious where the virus can live on a surface for up to 48 hours. Dogs who board at kennels, attend daycare or dog parks are at a higher risk of exposure. Here at The Dogwood we use very strict methods of cleaning to prevent this from happening for the safety of your pet. Just like any vaccination, however, receiving the vaccination does not mean that your dog will not develop symptoms or the illness.


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