Gillette Kennels
9150 East K Avenue, Galesburg, MI 49053 (269)665-4878
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Diarrhea is uncommon at our kennel but it does occur. Although most dogs never get diarrhea while being boarded, others get it every time they are boarded. Occasionally a dog that has had firm stools here will get diarrhea when he/she returns home. What can cause this sudden onset of gastric distress?

Stress Related Diarrhea: We believe that the most common cause of diarrhea is “Stress.” This cause of diarrhea most frequently occurs with dogs who have never been boarded or who are infrequently boarded. The sudden change in the dog’s routine causes them to stress out and the result can be gastric distress. This is also why dogs that have had firm stools here may develop diarrhea when they return home. It is the change in environment that causes the stress.

Dietary Change: Another cause of diarrhea is due to a sudden change in diet. This sudden dietary change is compounded by the stress of being boarded and the result can be diarrhea. This type of diarrhea can usually be avoided by providing us with your dog’s food. Clients who feed a different food than quality Iam’s products are recommended to provide their dog’s food. Please see our page that describes our Food Policy.

If diarrhea is noticed during boarding your veterinarian will be contacted and treatment guidelines will be followed. You will be informed of your veterinarian recommended treatment at the time of checkout. If diarrhea should occur after you return home be sure to tell your veterinarian that your dog was recently boarded with us. Given that the strict guidelines are followed for daily cleaning and disinfecting of our kennel, it is unlikely that the diarrhea is caused by something other than dietary changes and stress. Return to top



It is important that all clients are made aware that Kennel Cough is present always in South West Michigan and DOES NOT ORIGINATE IN A KENNEL.

We absolutely WILL NOT allow dogs in our facility that are coughing or showing signs of kennel cough. However, it may be IMPOSSIBLE for us to tell when a boarder has been exposed to kennel cough PRIOR to his/her arrival.

We require that all dogs that enter our kennel have been properly vaccinated and that the owners provide us with written proof. Records must be updated annually.

Kennel Cough, akin to a “doggy cold,” is a generic term used to indicate canine infectious tracheobronchitis, a highly infectious upper respiratory disease that is caused from a number of bacteria such as Bordetella bronchiseptica, and viruses such as canine parainfluenza. Coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge are common symptoms of kennel cough. These symptoms can last from a few days to several weeks. Since it is a viral infection, there is no "cure," just as there is no cure for the common cold. As a self-limiting disease, it will go away on its own, just like any other cold or flu. However, many veterinarians will prescribe a cough suppressant or an antibiotic to prevent secondary infections.

Kennel cough is not "born" in the kennel, it can be (and usually is) "caught" outside the kennel and brought in by a boarder. A dog can be exposed at the park, grooming shop, pet store, veterinary office, walking around the neighborhood, or any place where dogs congregate or pass through. The disease is not unique to a kennel, therefore; the more appropriate term is CANINE COUGH. Unfortunately, canine cough usually does not show visible symptoms for 5-7 days after exposure. While we make intense efforts to prevent an outbreak in our kennel through extensive cleaning and disinfecting, public awareness, and by requiring vaccinations, we cannot guarantee that your dog will not be exposed.

Just as a child who attends school has the potential to contract a cold or the flu, which is seasonal, a dog being boarded also has the potential to contract canine cough, which is also seasonal. When a child gets a cold or the flu parents do not expect the school system to pay for treatment. Similarly, if a dog gets canine cough in our kennel, you should not expect us to cover the cost of treatment. Through our efforts, the possibility of your dog’s exposure to canine cough in our kennel is minimal, however; it is still possible. Please be advised that if exposure to canine cough does occur, the kennel will not be held liable for its treatment, cost thereof, or consequences.

Again, we make every effort to prevent an outbreak of canine cough! All dogs are required to be up-to-date on all vaccinations, including Bordetella; therefore, CLIENTS WHO BOARD THEIR DOGS WITH US DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. Return to top



Because our kennel and grounds are frequently treated with a variety of dog-safe flea and tick control products, we have never had a flea infestation on the premises. Therefore, it is very unlikely that your dog will become infested with fleas while being boarded at our kennel. However, it is still possible. Please check for the presence of fleas before you drop your dog off at our kennel and immediately after you check your dog out.

In addition, please tell us if your dog has had a recent flea infestation so that we can check for the reappearance of the parasite. We feel that it is extremely important that we be notified if your dog was treated “dipped” within a week of being boarded. Although dips are a very effective treatment, they only kill the fleas that are present when the dog is being treated. All too frequently owners neglect to treat the entire environment and re-infestation occurs. The point is that if you treated your dog and did not treat your entire environment, it is likely that your dog has become re-infested and will need another treatment. If this occurs, we will need to treat your dog as well as the entire kennel and grounds. So PLEASE TELL US IF YOUR DOG WAS RECENTLY INFESTED. Also, please contact us immediately if you believe that your dog became infested with fleas while being boarded with us.

We also feel that it is an excellent idea that you use preventative measures to help control for fleas. Please ask your veterinarian about products such as Program or Sentinel. Return to top



If your dog becomes ill or injured while being boarded with us we will, at our sole discretion, engage the services of your veterinarian. Any expenses incurred as a result of veterinarian services must be paid at the time of check out. Please carefully read our Injured Dog Policy.

While we make every effort to ensure that our kennel is a safe place for even the most exuberant dog, we will not be held liable in the event that your dog injures itself. Please carefully read our Destructive Dog Policy.



Over the years we have had many clients who have boarded geriatric dogs that are in failing health. In each situation we have felt that it was important to ask the question, “What do you want us to do if your dog should pass away?” It would be an unfortunate situation if a geriatric dog were to pass away while being boarded, however, it is a real possibility. Should the situation arise we feel that it is extremely important that we know exactly what the owner wants us to do. Clients who board geriatric dogs must provide us with precise information as to the procedure to follow should their dog pass. Return to top



We will administer veterinarian prescribed medications to your dog as part of our daily kennel routine. Specific provisions have been made to accurately administer and record the passing of meds. We will not charge extra for the single administration of simple medications (e.g., passing a pill). However, should your dog require more extensive medical care (e.g., ear drops, eye drops, etc.), you will be charged .50 cents for each administration. Return to top





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