Dealing with Canine Cough

Updated May 22, 2024 

Due to the outbreaks of Canine Cough or Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease during the past year, we have had to shut down many times to try and protect the dogs that are staying here and prevent further spread of the illness.

Having any dog get sick and in need of isolation, combined with the added workload and lost revenue, are big concerns particularly if these outbreaks occur more frequently. 

Symptoms could include some or all of the following.

  • A cough that may produce phlegm, trying to clear the throat or retching,           
  • a nasal discharge or increased reverse sneezing,
  • some eye irritation,
  • general lethargy.  


 There are things we, and you, can do to limit the risk of exposure, keep your dog from getting sick and prevent further spread of the illness. While young, healthy dogs may recover quickly, older dogs or those that that may be immunocompromised are at a greater risk for more serious illness. 


  1. We cannot have dogs come to stay if they are coughing or showing any other signs of Canine Cough. If you have a booking and need to cancel for this reason, there will not be any cancellation fee.
  2. We will be contacting you, if our records indicate that your dog has not had a vaccination for Canine Cough (Bordetella) within the past twelve months. Dogs can still catch, as well as transmit Canine Cough, even if vaccinated, but if they get sick, the symptoms are usually less serious and the duration is shorter.
  3. We will ask you to check your records or contact your veterinarian to find out if your dog needs to have an updated vaccination.  If so, then you must send us a copy of the updated Vaccination Certificate, specifying the route of administration, or ask your vet to E-mail a copy to us.
  4. For the two-week period, prior to bringing your dog to us for care, please avoid taking them to places where they will have direct contact with other dogs who may be sick. This includes any of the following:
    • off-leash dog parks, 
    • dog daycare or boarding premises, 
    • grooming operations, 
    • training facilities, 
    • vet clinics, and
    • the homes of friends or family where there may be dogs that they play with. 


If prior to your dog's stay, you suspect that they may have Canine Cough, please contact us so we can discuss how to proceed.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any other questions or concerns.   


February 17,  2024 

** Important Note **


Due to the increased requirements for dog care from our current clients, we are unable to take on any new clients, at this time. 


For clients already established with us, be advised there are a limited number of bookings available during the coming months, particularly during holiday periods. Please remember that if you have made a reservation and you want to cancel all or part of your booking due to a change of plans, you are required to give us a minimum of two-weeks notice to avoid a cancellation fee.   



May 20, 2024


We're taking some vacation starting with the week of June 8 to June 16 (inclusive).

We will be closed that week. 


Also, during the last week of June we plan to take a few days off but

we won't be closed since we already have some dogs booked to stay.


We will be working with fewer people to tend to the critters so we have to limit

the number that we can have staying at that time.


As of today, May 20, we cannot take bookings for more critters 

for the June 24 to July 1 period.

Things should be back to normal on July 2nd.    



Four acres of fenced play areas. 

No cages or runs 

Lots of playmates 

Beach walks and swims 


About Country Critter Sitters


We've been providing home care for dogs, our own as well as those of friends and neighbours, for a while and welcome your inquiries.


It is necessary that we meet dogs before agreeing to provide care since this type of environment does not suit all dogs. We would be happy to set up a time to meet so you can see what we have to offer. At that time we can determine whether your dog would be comfortable living here with a group of dogs, big and small, young and old, social and not so social.


We offer care for short and long stays as well as a limited number of day-care spots for those that want to come and spend the day playing with fur friends. The dogs are always supervised and can spend as much time outside as they want or there are plenty of comfy dog beds to curl up on if that seems more agreeable.


Long before blogs became so ubiquitous, we began writing a daily diary report and we continue this tradition today except now we'll call it our Dog Blog. Our guests are as important to us as they are to their humans, so we enjoy providing a rundown on the day's activities from our guest's perspective. Sometimes they'll even contribute their unique viewpoint or share their literary talents. You can read about the days events and enjoy stories about old friends and the introduction of new ones.

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