WHAT precautions are you taking concerning covid-19?
Our top priority is and always has been the health, safety, and well-being of you and your fur babies. Our ability to protect you and yours starts first and foremost within our own company. We take this responsibility very seriously, always.
With that in mind, here are a few more things we want you to know:
· We have always used hand sanitizer between each of our house visits, but in hopes of going above our in-place protocols we are also using disposable rubber gloves and masks during the entire time we are interacting with your fur baby, and your home. Gloves are changed after every visit.
· After each visit is completed, we are using disinfecting wipes to sanitize our leashes and cell phones.
· We are also using disinfecting spray to sterilize the inside of our van, including the kennels that your fur babies are being transported in during their Pet-Taxi rides.
Barking Meow Pet Solutions would like to share some information from the CDC’s website to help clear up any concerns you might have after reading or seeing the news regarding the transfer of the COVID-19 from humans to pets:
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
WHAT IS A NAPPS CERTIFICATION?
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) Certification Course is a broad-range and in-depth self-paced course covering all topics relevant to pet sitting, including pet care, health, nutrition and behavior for a variety of animals. It also includes business development and management, pet safety and a complete pet first aid course. The NAPPS Certification acknowledges that the pet sitter is a serious professional who has obtained a high level of expertise through his/her study. NAPPS Certification is good for two (2) years. In order to maintain our NAPPS Certification status, we must re-certify by presenting evidence of a total of 30 Continued Educational Units (CEUs).
What options do I have for care in my home?
We offer 2 options for care in your home. The first option is for daytime care and covers from 7A.M. – 7P.M. During that time a pet care provider will stay at your residence but will be allowed to come and go through out the day. Typically, no more than 2 hours at a time. The Second option is for overnight care and covers the period of 8P.M. – 6A.M. During this time the pet care provider will not leave the residence. Both service include bringing in mail/packages/newspapers, watering plants, cleaning up of pet waste and alternate lighting and of course lots of attention for your fur-baby.
What is included with walking services?
We have 2 options for dog walks; we have a 20 min service, and a 30 min service. Upon request we will bring in mail/packages/newspapers, water plants, and alternate lighting to provide that lived in look while you're away.
What is included with check-in services?
Check-in service is essentially a potty break for your pet. This service can be either a 20 min or a 30 min. this includes a bathroom break outside, a feeding with fresh water, cleaning of pet waste and playtime.
Do you board puppies?
Sorry we do not board dogs under 2 years of age. The majority of our client fur-babies are older and the puppy energy is too much for them. See in-home care for additional options we can provide. We pride ourselves with having the flexibility to find a solution for your pet care needs. If you don’t see a solution that works for you; call us so we can help.
Do you use kennels for boarding?
We provide a boutique style of boarding we keep the number of dogs staying with us very low and provide a lot of personal care. The animals are never left alone and are not placed in kennels during their stay. If your fur-baby is trained to sleep in a kennel then we will maintain the routine.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is a fairly common ailment in dogs. People tend to associate it with dogs who have recently been boarded (or "kenneled"). However, your dog could contract kennel cough anywhere they come into contact with other dogs; such as, the groomer, the veterinarian's office, in dog obedience class, at a dog show or any other dog related event. Any time your dog is in the vicinity of an infected dog, the potential exists for infection. Kennel cough is caused by an airborne virus, which is highly contagious. The incubation period is about 7-10 days, meaning your dog will not display symptoms of illness for about 7-10 days following exposure to the virus.
How do I prevent my dog from getting kennel cough?
Vaccinating your dog with the Bordetella vaccine can help reduce their risk. However, be aware that your dog can still contract the Kennel Cough virus even if he or she has been vaccinated. There are many strains and mutations of the virus, making it a hit or miss whether the vaccine used on your dog will be the right one for the strain with which your dog comes in contact with. This is similar to the "flu shot" for people; each year a vaccine is developed based on which strain(s) are suspected to be most prevalent. Simply put, having the flu shot does not guarantee you won't get the flu and when your dog has a Bordetella vaccination it doesn't guaranteed he or she won't get kennel cough. A strong immune system is best defense against viruses. This is why several dogs could be exposed to the kennel cough virus but only one may actually contract it.
What vaccinations does my dog need for boarding?
||How Often Needed
||Yearly or every three years depending on the vaccine.
|Canine Influenza (Dog Flu/CIV)
||Yearly (only 1st shot required prior to using services, but should complete booster)
- DHLPP - Given at least 24 hours prior to check-in; renewed every 1 to 3 years.
- Rabies - Given at least 24 hours prior to check-in; renewed every 1 to 3 years.
- Bordetella - If this is the dog’s first Bordetella vaccination, it must be given 2 weeks prior to boarding.
- Canine Influenza – Given at least 24 hours prior to check in; renewed yearly.
Will you give my dog their medications?
Of course! We can give any form of non-injectable medications as specified. Please make sure all medication is clearly labeled and dosage instructions are included.
What do I need to make a reservation?
We'll need a little paperwork — don't worry, it doesn't take long. Please provide:
- Initial meet and greet at location where services will be rendered by appointment
- Current vaccination documentation
- Services Agreement (signed)
- Guest Profile (filled out)
All documents can be emailed to you for review prior to our meet and greet appointment.