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May 1, 2014

Vet Services

Vet Services

A vet taking care of a puppy

Happy Hound Dog Resorts is proud to be so close to so many great professionals offering vet services.  Many offer boarding services, but none, offer a great daycare facility such as ours. Here is a list of top Vets and their vet services near our locations. We are fortunate to work with all in our area.

Dog Vet

In good care with the vets arms

The Vaccinations required at Happy Hound Dog Resorts are Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella. The Rabies is required by the City of Jacksonville and is usually in a 1 year or 3 year vaccine. Rabies is a severe, and often fatal, viral infection that specifically affects the gray matter of the dog’s brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to dogs in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. 

Canine distemper is provided in a 1 year or 3 year vaccine as well. Distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The disease affects dogs, and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks. The common house pet, the ferret, is also a carrier of this virus.

Bordetella and Vet Services

Bordetella is offered in a 6 month as well as 12 month vaccine. All dogs at Happy Hound Dog Resorts are required to have had a Bordetella vaccination within Vet Servicesthe last 6 months of the day they enter our facilities. If your dog was vaccinated with Bordetella more than 6 months ago, you will need to contact your Veterinarian for a new vaccine. If the vaccine is expired then please wait 5 days after receiving the vaccination before coming into Happy Hound Dog Resorts. The vaccine is minimal in cost, but the expense can be great in both money as well as pain and anguish for the pet and parent.

Vet locations

Veterinarians that we work with in our area are listed here. The prices for vaccines can change, so call around if you think its too high. Be wary of the “office visit” too, as the fees can add up quickly. Some vets in the Northeast Florida area offer Saturday vaccines for $10 and no office visit. Call us at 800-8800 for more details.

Vaccine recommendations

The intestinal parasite is recommended, as dogs will eat just about anything and drink water from all different places, and we do encounter accidents in our facility, so we want to make sure the dogs are protected. The Dog Flu vaccine is not mandatory because we have not seen the epidemic yet here in Northeast Florida. But if your vet recommends it, think about it, your vet went to school for a long time.  Why do we push Bordetella so hard? Because the Bordetella vaccine is only 80-90% effective, we mandate the 6 month dosage when dogs are drinking after one another, licking each other and in close proximity to each other.


5 thoughts on “Vet Services

  • I plan to board my dog for a week at the end of September. Do you have s vet on site for update rabies vaccines

  • Why would all pups be required to complete a temperament test and vaccination confirmation before admission to JUST HAPPY HOUNDS, even for a bath or groom? When your dog is a member here, we re sure that you will want all newcomers to be properly vetted before entry. Many canine illnesses are spread through the air. That s why we have our enhanced ventilation system and verify medical records.

    • Rosa – Great question. We had an incident a few years ago where a dog came in for a bath and was not a dog friendly toward “people”, the owner lied to us, and the dog ended up biting the lip of the bather. The owner was then sued by the employee and his home owner’s insurance had to pay out for physical and emotional damages. Our insurance went up as well. We TEST every dog coming to us. We also make sure they are up to date on 6-month Bordetella, 1-year Rabies and 1-year Distemper. This has worked for us for many years.

      We stay close with our vets and understand what is happening in the world of viruses for dogs. We have not seen the Dog Flu, nor ANY canine illnesses spread through the air, except the Kennel Cough, and even with ventilation systems, dogs can still get sick from one another. The Bordetella vaccine is only 80-90% effective and when dogs are left, especially for the 1st time, they have increased anxiety and this damages their immunity system. So the stress leads them to be more susceptible to get sick. Its why we mandate the Bordetella vaccine be given 2x a year, rather than once.

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