Almost Home is designed to be what we want for our own pets: all indoors, climate controlled with spacious runs, outdoor yards with 8 foot perimeter fences where dogs can be taken to and let off leash several times a day, and of course, lots of hugs and dog cookies for all. For our kitty clients, they are boarded away from the dogs, with windows to a private yard where the cats can watch “cat tv” – where birds, squirrels, chipmunks find plenty to eat and provide lots of entertainment. We have dedicated and well-trained staff caring for your pets.
Our mission is to give pets a safe boarding experience and feel “Almost Home” while staying at our facility. To allow pet owners to enjoy time away from home, content that their pets are receiving the best care possible. To provide a professional indoor training facility, allowing interaction between pet owners and their pets.
Canine Cough or Kennel Cough (Bordetella) is the common name given to respiratory infection in dogs because it is contagious for dogs who go to grooming, day care or dog parks. Parainfluenza and Adenovirus-Type 2 are other viral respiratory diseases that cause symptoms that look extremely similar to canine cough.
There are 3 ways your vet can vaccinate your dog against Bordetella (Canine Cough), but not all are the same and not all of them protect your dog against the other respiratory illnesses mentioned above.
Please note the following:
- Injectable Bordetella: given as a “shot” this version only contains the Bordetella vaccine.
- Oral Bordetella: given by squirting the vaccines material on the gums (it should not be squirted on the tongue). The version contains only the Bordetella vaccine.
- Nasal 3-way vaccine: given by placing the vaccine material in the nostrils. Nasal version contains Bordetella, parainfluenza and adenovirus type 2.
Our goal at Almost Home is for all our dogs to remain protected and healthy, therefore, we are highly recommending you to ask for the 3-way intranasal vaccine that protects against more than Bordetella, but also the other similar respiratory viruses: parainfluenza and adenovirus type 2. We want them to stay protected. A lapse in protection puts all our dogs at risk for illness.
Remember to check the dates of your dog’s flu booster shots and don’t delay in boostering your dog’s influenza vaccines when it comes due.
In November of 2017 Merck Animal Health, maker of the Bivalent canine flu vaccine, sent Dr. Jason Stull, a veterinary epidemiologist/infectious disease specialist from Ohio State University, to Louisville to visit any vet clinic, boarding, daycare or grooming facility that would invite him to come in and tour their facilities and talk about things that could be done to help with the Canine Influenza Virus outbreak in Louisville. Louisville was one of the worst cities in the nation for CIV. Almost Home invited Dr. Stull to come and inspect, discuss and suggest anything and everything we could do that might make a difference. Almost Home met and exceeded all cleaning and disinfecting protocols that are recommended; we allow cleaners to stay on surfaces according to manufacturers directions for killing of viruses and bacteria before we hand scrub surfaces and wipe down when finished; we do not use hoses or any device that might aerosolize virus/bacteria particles into the air when hit with water and we do not have trough drains in our facility. Two years ago we installed UV light air filtration in our boarding areas to help control air borne viruses and bacteria.
On January 27th, 2018, we attended a follow-up presentation sponsored by Merck Animal Health on the findings of Dr. Stull’s findings from his visit and the causes of the outbreak in this area. Unfortunately, there are no new findings or recommendations from his visit here in Louisville. The Canine Flu Vaccine is not a preventative vaccine (like the Rabies Vaccine), rather it helps to control the spread and “maybe”reduces the symptoms and length of time dogs are sick.
We want to remind everyone that the dogs who previously received the flu vaccine could be coming up on their one year anniversary of their initial vaccinations. It is important to get your yearly booster shot in a timely manner. Please contact your veterinarian as to the timing of the yearly booster to insure you do not go over the time limit, or else your dog will have to start over with the 2 shot series.
Thank you for your efforts in helping us keep all our dogs as disease free as possible. There are NO guarantees, but when we know something else that might make a difference we will let you know!