Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Please note: This article was originally published on October 9, 2019. For specific Covid-19 related health and safety precautions please visit PawsitiveCare.ca/covid-19

Because we require the bordetella vaccine for dogs who board with us, and because we only do small numbers boarding, Pawsitive Pet Care has never had a case of kennel cough in either of our locations (previously in Winnipeg, currently in Cartier MB) in more than 10 years of business.

As always, we highly recommend all dogs receive the bordetella vaccine. Although it is not 100% effective (similar to the human flu shot in that there can be various strains of the virus), it can reduce the risk of contracting the illness and reduce the severity of the illness if caught.

We strongly recommend all pet owners have regular check-ups and visits to their veterinarian to discuss preventative and proactive health care.


The health and safety of the pets in our care is our number one priority. As such, we take every precaution not to spread illness from one animal to another or from one household to another.

We always wash our hands in between each home visit and each dog walk, and this is the best way to prevent the spread of contagious viruses.

2020 update: This article was originally written in October 2019. *For specifics on how we're managing our Covid-19 risk while offering dog walking services, please visit PawsitiveCare.ca/dog-walking-safety

Our staff are also all trained in Emergency Pet First Aid and are trained to handle acute emergencies in order to keep pets safe and get them veterinary care as quickly as possible.

If our staff also work with animals at an animal shelter, veterinary clinic, grooming salon, boarding facility, or anywhere the risk of contagious illnesses is increased, we ensure they change out of their scrubs or work clothes prior to visiting the pets under our care.

We also require that our staff keep a spare set of clothes in their vehicle as a back-up in the event they encounter an unwell animal at any time during their work day.

If our own personal animals, or any of our clients’ animals, show signs of illness, we take every precaution prior to proceeding to the next client home. This includes changing our clothes and washing our hands, as well as immediately letting the client know of any concerns with their pet’s health.

If you have any reason to suspect your pet may be unwell or potentially contagious to any other animals, please alert us immediately and we will take every reasonable precaution. We recommend contacting your vet immediately to determine the appropriate next steps. Thank you for helping us put the health and safety of our clients and their pets first

As always, contact your pet's veterinarian if you have any pet health questions!

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The Pawsitive Pet Care Team

For more information please contact your veterinarian or visit https://www.mvma.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Kennel-Cough2.pdf

About The Author

Jillian is a fear-free certified and CPDT-KA certified animal behaviour specialist and has been working in the animal care and behaviour field since 2009.  

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