Dog At The Veterinarian waiting for a check upAs a dog owner myself, I totally get the fear of your cherished puppy or dog falling ill when you have placed them in the care of a boarding facility. Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?

  • “I can’t do anything for my dog if that happens!”
  • “How can I be sure the boarding facility will take care of my puppy the exact way I would?”
  • “Oh my gosh, I am going to be riddled with anxiety until I know my dog is okay again.”

These are the exact reasons we make it a point to treat your dog with the same amount of care and attention that we would give our own pets.

“What if my dog gets sick while boarding?”

I am constantly asked by owners who board their dogs with us, “What will happen if my dog gets sick while in your care?” When you take care of 50-100 dogs a night, it’s just inevitable that one will get sick or injured. It happens. And, we have very well-practiced procedures for dealing with these situations. Although we have staff here 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the task of taking care of a sick or injured dog and making a trip to the vet with them usually falls on a manager or owner. Thankfully, we have an on-call system so weekends are easily covered.

This weekend just happened to be mine.

Caring for sick dogs at our boarding facility

Jack The Black Lab MixWhen the phone rang from our front desk, I knew what was in store for me and my Saturday afternoon. Arriving at the office, all I knew was that the dog in question had a droopy eye. I never like to see a dog sick or injured. I view the dogs we board here much like a passionate teacher views their students, I feel an incredible amount of responsibility toward all of them. However, I do this job because I love dogs, so even when they’re sick I still get the enjoyment of being around my favorite little, and sometimes not so little, friends.

This particular Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to see my old buddy Jack, a 12-year-old Black Lab mix who has been coming to DogBoy’s since he was just a puppy. His mom has brought all of her dogs to us over the years. Jack happens to be the last surviving member of the second pair of dogs that his mom has entrusted us with, so this is a very special boy to me.

Getting the diagnosis from a Veterinarian

Jack's Cornea CheckWe took Jack to see Dr. Lisa Schroeder at White Rock Vet. She checked out his droopy eye for any corneal scratches. Jack’s eye problem turned out to be Horner’s Syndrome, a neurological condition, which in this case stemmed from an ear infection. Thankfully, his condition will be completely curable with medication. This old man will be well on the road to recovery before his mom returns in a few days.

Though it was not in the best of circumstances that I got to spend some time with my old friend, Jack and I made the best of it. I’ve actually enjoyed spending my day off with this sweet boy. Besides, missing out on a little Saturday chill time is a small sacrifice to make in exchange for all the years Jack’s mom has been a loyal customer. That’s the kind of care you can expect from DogBoy’s every time you bring your dog to us. If you have any questions about boarding your dog with DogBoy’s or the range of other services we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.



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Time for your annual checkup!! by David Nestor

Photo two: Jack, ready to call it a day and get treats for being such a good boy!!

Photo three: Dr. Lisa Schroeder, at White Rock Vet checks Jack’s eye for a corneal scratch.