Did you know that even the kennels are an important aspect of hospital accreditation?? Why is being AAHA accredited so important? Why should the public know? Being accredited means that your team is operating at higher standards in providing the best quality care that we can for your pet(s). We are committed to excellence in the care that we provide. More people are likely going to come to a facility that holds that accreditation. They know their pet is in the best hands and will get above and beyond service.
I have been working in kennels for almost 2 years now here at Oakview and it is so rewarding to me. Not only do we provide excellent care from the front end of the clinic, but we provide that same quality of care in the back end of the clinic in kennels as well. From making sure everything is properly sanitized, to proper care of our animals, along with washing of laundry and disposing of hazardous materials. So, what are some of the things we do to keep your baby safe while you are on that much needed vacation? First of all, when a pet come in for boarding, we do a health assessment. This consists of listening to the heart and the lungs to make sure everything is right. We look at the ears, eyes and in the mouth as well. We also do a flea check just to be on the safe side. If we can do a temperature on them then we will, but if they are too stressed or nervous, then we will skip it so we don’t stress them out anymore. After making sure he or she is healthy, we house them in properly cleaned and sanitized runs and/or cages. We use an appropriate disinfectant that kills any bacteria that may be lurking behind. Gloves will be worn for personal protection. If there happens to be an infectious animal that boards with us (kennel cough, for example), more protection is used. Gloves, shoe covers, and disposable gowns are worn while handling these animals to prevent from germs spreading to the other pets in the facility. They should also be in isolation and away from all other animals so the infection doesn’t spread. Because of these protocols, your boarding pet can stay happy and healthy!
Record keeping is another important aspect of accreditation as it pertains to our boarding kennel. We have a thorough boarding sheet that specifies urination, defecation, medications, food intake, and whether vomiting or diarrhea occurs. We have special protocols when pets get sick while here, whether it is stress diarrhea, anxiety or another issue. Medications may be dispensed to decrease anxiety. We text message as well to update you on how your pet is doing. We want to make sure your pets are comfortable here, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that happens. We try to provide excellent care to the pets and clients that come to us. They are all a part of our Oakview family.
by Megan Pliska
Megan has been at Oakview since October of 2017. She graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2017 as a veterinary assistant.
She lives with her fiance and rescue dog, Stanley.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur baby. She also loves listening to music and going for long walks.