Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my dog need
all these vaccines?

Vaccines protect your pet from contagious diseases, this is important even if your pet is kept mostly indoors. Many contagious diseases are airborne and your pet could easily be exposed through an open window. Even with disinfection and good cleaning protocols, boarding kennels, dog parks, and grooming salons are all areas where your pet is most likely to be exposed to contagious diseases.

It is important to keep in mind that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective. This is why we recommend your pet get their vaccinations at least two weeks prior to boarding or daycare.


What vaccines does
my dog need?

For their stay with us, your dog will need the following vaccines:

Distemper,Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (DHPP).Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this combination vaccine actually protects against all four diseases.

Rabies. Rabies virus can be fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in most states.

Bordetella (Commonly called “kennel Cough”). The bordetella virus causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. It is easily spread at dog parks, groomers, boarding kennels, dog daycares, and dog shows. We do require the bordetella vaccination at least 7 days prior to them coming to Oneka.

What about

Bring along any medications your dog is taking. Be sure to label each medication clearly with your dog’s name, the dosage, frequency, and method. We have pill pockets if needed.

What should I pack
for my pets vacation?

Don’t over pack. We recommend you bring something that smells like home; a bed, blanket, or t-shirt are good ideas. Toys are best left at home; dogs don’t always like to share, and toys are easily lost.

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What do I need to know
about summer play?

Pool. Our pool is very fun for the dogs, but there are sometimes injuries that occur from playing in the pool. Commonly we see matted fur, ear infections, goopy eyes, torn pads, and hot spots as a result of swimming in the pool.

If you have a very active dog these problems are more likely to happen. we check dogs for play injuries multiple times during the day and we will continue to do our very best to catch these issues before they become serious.

Some dogs do not enjoy the big pool. for those dogs we have sprinklers and small wading pools. And, for the dogs who don’t enjoy water at all, we have plenty of dry land. No dog is ever forced to get in the water

Temperature. We Monitor Temperatures constantly to assure dogs are not becoming overheated. We will move playtime indoors as necessary. If your dog is at risk of overheating, they may be kenneled in order to slow down and cool off.


What do I need to know
about winter play?

Snow and Ice. Ice buildup can be difficult to control in the winter. We keep the play areas as free of ice as possible by shoveling and chipping when needed. We will use sand in some cases but are unable to use salt due to the safety risk to the pets. Since we can’t always remove all ice, there is a risk of pads getting injured. We will continue to do our very best to catch these issues before they become serious. 

Temperature. We monitor temperatures constantly to assure dogs are staying warm. We rotate between indoor and outdoor play when the weather is cold. If your dog is not able to stay warm, they become serious.