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10200 NE 72 AV
VANCOUVER, WA 98686
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS WITH THE SAME OWNERS
Your dogs and cats get lonely for regular human contact while you are gone. They want to be in a familiar place with people they know care about them. Our core staff has been here for many years and all are trained to spot most potential problems our guests may have.
When you board your pets at Montage you know that we are watching and caring for them all day long. We even "tuck them in" before we go to bed at night. In fact, the more often we see your pets the better we get to know them and if they are feeling and acting their usual best.
At Montage we have secure individual enclosures with a surrounding 6 foot fence. If your pets tend to climb or open gates we have a place just for them. Our Play Yards have a 7 foot fence with an inverted top fence.
We know many horror stories about pets left at home or with family or friends as many car and airline traveling mishaps. You and your pets can feel more relaxed when they are safe with us at Montage Happyland.
Cats, especially males, often have urinary tract problems. Because we clean the litter pans everyday we check to make sure they are urinating. Many times a year we spot infections and even total blockages. If those cats had stayed at home or with friends what would happen to them? Some cases would be fatal.
A Standard Poodle came in one morning that we knew very well. After she had been here for only a few hours the Care Manager, Deanette told us we HAD TO TAKE HER TO THE VET RIGHT AWAY! Dean knew she was way too quiet and that something was very wrong.
We rushed her into her Vet who found that she was having kidney failure. When the client returned I asked if the dog had been vomiting before she brought her to board (typical symptom). The owner said "yes, but I thought it was nerves from seeing us pack."
If this beloved dog had stayed at home alone or with strangers she probably would have died in a few days. Instead she got treatment and lived on for many happy, healthy years.
Because we can watch the urine and stool of our guests closely we can often spot things the owners don't see in a grass yard. We can frequently tell if a dog has a urinary infection.
One memorable case involved a small Lhasa Apso who was staying for 3 weeks. After a couple of days we noticed that she had been urinating frequently and that it had a bad odor. We took her to her Vet who discovered that she had massive bladder stones. He did surgery and removed 10 stones the size of apricots! She went home feeling better than when she came in and made history at her Vet!
We were caring for a frequent visiting Great Dane who loved rawhide chews with the knots at the end. She consumed one every day. After eating a knot whole (we figured out later) she vomited her food about 4 hours after eating. Vomiting happens from nerves quite often and she was high strung. This happened again the next day. We knew then that she had a block in her intestine from this tell tale symptom.
Just as we were getting ready to go into her Vet for life saving surgery, she was able to throw up the huge, expanded rawhide knot. Many times a dog cannot dislodge items that are blocking an intestine. They die if their caregiver does not see and interpret the symptoms in time.
Needless to say this and a choking incident prompted us to ban any rawhide products for boarding pets.
BAD THINGS THAT HAPPENED WHEN PETS STAYED HOME
Before we started Montage we had a cat Florida who had grown up in the woods. We lived on a big parcel, away from the road near Ridgefield. We went to the coast for a few days and left her outside with lots of food. When we returned we immediately regretted that decision. Florida had been beaten up by a Tom cat, had a bite and abscess on her foot and she had come in heat AND was pregnant!
A regular client of ours decided to leave his dogs with a friend. Almost immediately they got loose and ran away. The owner decided that if they were found that we should take care of them instead. A few hours later they were picked up RUNNING LOOSE ON HWY 500! We bailed them out of the pound within an hour and put them in isolation, which was a good idea. After only 2 hours at the pound they got kennel cough, but they were alive and safe when the owner returned.
A client of ours with a Miniature Poodle Pepper lived in the country near their son. They were only going away a few days and decided to leave the dog home alone. Their son was supposed to go to the house to let the dog out and feed him regularly. He went over the first night and got distracted doing some other chores for his parents.
He totally forgot that Pepper was outside and went home.
About 6 hours later he remembered and went to look for Pepper around his house and roads. He found Pepper nearly dead. He had been mauled by a large dog or coyote. Along with the extensive tearing of his skin all the muscles on one side of his chest and throat had been torn loose.
Pepper was a tough little guy! $1,000 and hours of surgery later he recovered to almost his "Old Self". A week after his surgery the owners had to travel for about a week. We took care of Pepper during that time so he wouldn't have to stay in a strange place at the Vet. We flushed and dressed his wounds several time a day, gave him medications and saw first hand how really awful and dangerous leaving a pet alone or with a relative or friend can be.
BAD THINGS THAT HAPPENED TRAVELING WITH ROGER
Years ago, Joan the owner, flew to Steamboat Springs Colorado with her poodle Roger. She had seen him get loaded onto the tiny plane. When she got off the plane she waited and waited for Roger. He never got off the plane!
He spent the night in Rock Springs Colorado in his crate. Joan was frantic.
The next morning they flew Roger to Steamboat. As Joan was driving to the airport she drove along a fenced landing field. Lo and behold, there was Roger running around on the landing field!
On the same trip Joan drove back to Vancouver with her husband who had met her there. At a hotel with a big courtyard they lost Roger. Joan had put him outside and gone back in for a sweater. 30 seconds later he had vanished. Joan was frantic.
Steve said he'd knock on some doors. The first door opened and out came Roger! The man in the room was a bit tipsy. When Steve asked him why he had the dog the man complained, "He's too damn friendly!"