Boarding Dogs & Illnesses

Sick dogBoarding facilities provide a convenient place for your dog to stay when you can’t take her with you while traveling. Since your dog will be around several other dogs while boarding, though, it’s understandable to be concerned about illnesses. Certain types of diseases are common among boarding dogs, although keep in mind that many of these can be prevented with vaccinations. With the recent outbreak of “kennel cough” in Chicago, this is a question on many dog owner’s minds, understandably so. At DoGone Fun, we take precautions to reduce your dog’s risk of illness while staying at our facility. All of our boarding dogs are required to be up-to-date on their shots, including rabies, distemper, bordetella (kennel cough) and parvovirus. Dogs must also have a fecal exam that tested negative for parasites within the past 12 months. These requirements help lower the risk of your dog being exposed to other dogs with contagious illnesses.

During this recent outbreak in Chicago, we even closed for several days, disinfecting our entire facility. The safety and well-being of your four-legged family member is our biggest concern.


Canine parvovirus, which is transmitted through feces and contaminated objects, can cause vomiting, appetite loss, fever and diarrhea. This disease can require hospitalization and be fatal in puppies that are under three months old. Routine vaccinations against parvovirus can help protect your dog from this disease. If your dog has been exposed, or shows symptoms of illness, it is in your dog’s best interest to not go to doggy daycare or go for boarding.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough, or bordetella, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by several bacteria and viruses. The most common symptom of this disease is a dry cough. Most dogs recover from kennel cough with rest and humidification in about two weeks. Ask your vet about having your dog receive a bordetella shot before boarding, since this isn’t usually given as a routine vaccination at checkups. In the City of Chicago, bordetella vaccination is however, required for dog boarding. We encourage you to not only follow this requirement for boarding, but to routinely have your dog vaccinated if they are exposed to any dogs outside of their own family


Canine distemper is another illness that is highly contagious. It typically starts with a fever, watery discharge from the nose and eyes and appetite loss, then becomes worse over the following two or three weeks. Distemper can cause seizures, twitches and other symptoms if it affects the brain. Laws require all dogs to have up-to-date distemper vaccinations. If you have a dog displaying these symptoms, not only do you need to seek medical attention for them, it will be several weeks until they can be boarded. You should refrain from taking your dog to parks, daycare or boarding facilities. It is not only in the best interest of other dogs, but for your’s as well.

We encourage you to be keenly aware of your dog’s health, and we respectfully ask that you always be mindful of exposing healthy dogs to your dog if you suspect they are ill.