General

BUSINESS HOURS:

Our business hours are 8-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. 7 days a week, by appointment only. While our caregivers are with your pets on major holidays, we are not open to the public on New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. For the safety and comfort of both dogs and children, we ask that your dogs be leashed at all times and your children remain by your side.  Due to employee constraints we regretfully find it necessary to impose an inconvenience fee of $1.00/minute if you are unable to arrive during business hours to pick up or deliver your pet.

 

TO MAKE A RESERVATION:

Please call us at (607) 842-6990 to reserve a spot for your pet.  Our number one priority is to care for your pets, so if you get the answering machine, it is because we are caring for our four footed furry guests that are entrusted to us. We respectfully ask our clients to observe our office hours and be patient with our phone coverage. With careful phone monitoring, we will return your calls and/or handle any emergencies as quickly as possible. We have phone coverage in the morning or the afternoon 7 days per week. In an attempt to keep your boarding fees low we do not have someone on the phones all day. You will have the opportunity to speak with Toni, Bev, Tim or Nancy. We look forward to your call.  The 607-842-6990 line is also a fax. Your veterinarian may call and give vaccine information to Toni, Bev, Tim, or leave a message on our answer machine.

ATTENTION:  “Wag” Side Inn now requires a 50% payment on any cancellations with in 10 days of your dog’s scheduled visit if it is during a school break. Payment is expected at the time of the cancellation. This will include winter and spring break, Easter, Memorial Day, any time from the 3rd week of June through Labor Day weekend, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.  Every vacation we have to turn people away, because “there is no room at the Inn.”  When cancellations are made at the last minute it is difficult for us financially, and we have already organized our staff to take care of a certain number of dogs.   While we always make a waiting list, most of the people on the list have made other arrangements by the time someone has cancelled, making it difficult to fill all cancelled reservations. We will be honest about filling the place you had reserved. In the event your cancellation is filled we will then give you a credit for your dog’s next visit or refund your money. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 

THINGS TO BRING: FOOD, MEDICATIONS, 1 BLANKET AND 1 TOY

We highly recommend keeping your dog on its usual diet during their stay with us, so please be sure to bring everything your dog eats at home!  If your dog is on medications, please bring the medications IN THE ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE with instructions.  Most of the dogs don’t play with their toys much because they have new friends to entertain them while they are here. Their new friends are much more fun than a toy.  We offer Perla beds and Kuranda beds with large comforters as bedding to our guests.  Our floors are also heated, so our guests stay warm and comfortable.  You are more than welcome to bring a blanket or article of clothing that “smells like home” for your dog.  Please label anything you do bring so we can make sure you get it back. Don’t bring anything you really want back as sometimes things get chewed or ripped up.

 

If you are wondering why we ask for bedding all the time, these picture might explain. Bracken and Zoey have decided to make themselves comfortable. These items are in high demand. We appreciate receiving old dog beds, blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, sheets, and towels that you don’t use anymore. Please drop them off in our reception room, bring them with you on your dog’s next visit, or send them along with Tim when he picks up or delivers your best buddy. Our guests thank you for your generosity!!

“Bracken”
I’m all set. Where are you going to sleep?  Bracken was rescued by our best friend, CJ Todorov, after being left by his family of 5 years at the SPCA. He thrived with us as you can see by the picture. Bracken passed away 8/31/08. Our friend CJ passed away 9/12/08. We miss them both.

ZOEY   "MOTORHEAD"

Can you believe “Zoey Motorhead”fits her 86 lb.

American Bulldog body into that little bed.

It is her favorite!   Zoey passed away 7/22/10.

We miss her.

 



Honus Wagner salutes you!  He’s named after the famous baseball player from the early 1900’s whose baseball card sold for 2.4 million dollars. We think our Honus is worth much more!!!  He was also rescued by our friend CJ. Honus passed away 2/12/2011.

 

 

 

Just a little information on Raisin Toxicity in Dogs…

Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , OH

This week I had the first case in history of raisin

toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was

a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix

that ate half a canister of raisins sometime

between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday.  He

started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking

about 1 AM on Wednesday but the owner didn’t

call my emergency service until 7 AM.

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND

grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn’t

seen any formal paper on the subject. We

had her bring the dog in immediately. In the

meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet,

and the doctor there was like me – had heard

something about it, but… Anyway, we

contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison

Control Center and they said to give IV fluids

at 1 & 1/2 times maintenance and watch the

kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.

The dog’s BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was

already at 32 (normal less than 27) and

creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal).

Both are monitors of kidney function in the

bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and

started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values

at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine

over 7 with no urine production after a liter of

fluids.  At that point I felt the dog was in acute

renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a

urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight

as well as overnight care.

He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet

and his renal values continued to increase

daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a

diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting

medications and they still couldn’t control his

vomiting. Today his urine output decreased

again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was

at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his

blood pressure, which had been staying around

150, skyrocketed to 220 … He continued to vomit

and the owners elected to Euthanize.

This is a very sad case – great dog, great owners

who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please

alert everyone you know who has a dog of this

very serious risk.

Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could

be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes

or raisins as treats including our ex-handler’s. Any

exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Onions, chocolate, cocoa, avocadoes and macadamia nuts can

be fatal, too.
Even if you don’t have a dog, you might have friends

who do. This is worth passing on to them.

Confirmation from Snopes about the above ….

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

 

 

 

 

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