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This has happened twice in the past two months. I dropped my female, 1 year old, spayed dog off at the boarder for a week. When I picked her up, she was lethargic (just laying down), hot and sweaty, and had a runny nose. I think her breath smells mucusy, like a human's when they have a cold.

The first time, this went away after a few days. I attributed it to being in close continual contact with many other dogs, for the first time in her life. But, I just picked her up today, and it's happened again.

This boarder has "open" boarding. They don't crate them, but rather let them run around in an indoor area with a concrete floor all day. I assume they sleep on that floor. The boarder is staffed 24/7. The workers seem nice. The place has good reviews online.

Is this normal? Would a dog often get sick after a week of boarding (continual play, exposure to other dogs, sleeping on the floor)? Might she have been too cold at night? Or could something be wrong?

Edit: She's lethargic for a few days after coming home from the kennel, both times I've left her there for a week. It's strange because, we can watch her on the webcam playing and having fun, which she seems to do often.

  • I agree with Bret, it sounds like shes just tired, playing with other dogs continuously for days is tiring! Its like humans having a holiday, and youre tired when you get back. With the breath thing it could just be a difference in diet while there, the food maybe different to what shes and you are used to. – UIO Nov 22 '18 at 9:56
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No it's not normal for a dog to be sick after boarding, if you think she is running a fever then a vet visit is warranted. Dog's don't get colds or the flu, most common illness we see from boarding is kennel cough (bordetella). The main symptom is a continuous cough that can develop into a lung infection.

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  • She's been vaccinated against kennel cough. The boarding place requires proof of vaccination for that, actually – HH- Apologize to Carole Baskin Mar 5 '17 at 15:01
  • The kennel cough vaccines is similar to the flu shot for us, it lessens the effects. Not as good of a guarantee as the Distemper or Rabies vaccine. Not saying your dog caught a virus, just what we routinely see happen in doggy daycare. – Rebecca RVT Mar 5 '17 at 15:29
  • would it make sense that this would happen both time's she's been for a week? I mean, is it likely that she's just getting sick because she hasn't been around other dogs much, but will soon be stronger against the virus'? – HH- Apologize to Carole Baskin Mar 5 '17 at 16:52
  • I doubt she caught a virus though we can't say for certain over the internet, the only way to know what's truly wrong is to go to your veterinarian for a physical exam. If she feels like this after doggy daycare I would look for another place to board her. – Rebecca RVT Mar 5 '17 at 17:01
  • I might consider a different boarding situation. I would talk to the manager where she's been sick and tell them you intend on writing a yelp review about what has occurred. They may have been slacking off on either cleaning or actually checking vac. records for boarders. Ask if they REQUIRE bordatella vac for potential boarders. – M.Mat Mar 9 '17 at 8:24
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I think it's normal for dogs to be tuckered out after boarding. When my dog comes home from the kennel, she goes right to her 'place' and sleeps for hours. Playtime is hard work!

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My opinion is that it is not normal buf it does happen a lot to dogs and I would stop. Taking him to that kennel

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  • please expand your answer,more details about what illnesses dogs can get and the reasons for it,as your answer is now it is at risk of being removed it is too short. – trond hansen Oct 20 '18 at 17:35

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