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Apr 21, 2012 11:24 AM

Vet records?? Fleas?

I have accepted pets for 4 yrs w/ very few problems. Now i'm getting nervous about the horror stories. Two specific questions:1. I think I will start to request vet records which will confirm breed, spay/neuter, etc. But how can you prove/ be sure that a dog has been treated for flea prevention??? My very greatest fear is flea infestation!!2. Sorry if this sounds dense, but why put a size limit on dogs? Either they are well-behaved non-shedders or they're not. Thanks....I'm getting more pet inquiries than ever and BTW i have just started to ask $8/day pet fee.

  • amyg Active Contributor 323 posts since
    Dec 10, 2010
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    Apr 22, 2012 2:29 PM (in response to vermont234)
    Re: Vet records?? Fleas?

    Vermont, the truth is you can't prove that a dog is being treated for fleas and ticks.  If the owners take their dog to a vet and show they purchased Advantage, how do you know that they are diligently applying the treatment every 30 days?  I own two dogs and I know we would sometimes forget to re-apply the vial on time each month.  During the cold winter months, we would usually not treat the dogs even though we had the vials to do it.  I don't like to put any more chemicals on my pets than is absolutely necessary.  So just because we have the paperwork, doesn't mean our dogs are treated for fleas 100% of the time.  


    The good news is that most people who travel with pets are very good about caring for their dogs or they wouldn't take them hundreds of miles from home to a strange property.  If you have monthly pest control treatments at your property, I would think that this could ease your worries.  Call your pest control person to confirm that their applications will protect against fleas.  If not, ask them if there's anything they would recommend.  We've had pet-friendly properties since 2002 and have never had issues with fleas.


    I'm in total agreement with you on the size limitation for dogs.  We've had 100 pound golden retrievers that have been absolutely lovely guests.  (People will send photos of their dogs lying by the fireplace or sitting by the hot tub while the kids are enjoying a soak LOL)  Now I don't take 150 pound Great Danes or Bull Mastiffs just because our properties are not practical for super-sized canines.  But most people who travel with dogs are bringing Yorkies, Shih-tzus, Pomerians--small dogs.  Our other popular pet guest groups are Boxers and Labs.  As long as I feel comfortable that these are well-mannered, indoor family pets, I don't worry about larger dogs.


    We charge $50/dog whether they stay 3 nights or a whole week.  Sometimes with small dogs, I'll let them stay 2 for 1. Many times people with small dogs have two of them and they are very appreciative of the savings.  The only issue is dogs with fine hair that easily sheds.  Golden Retrievers are known for this, so talk to the guests about your concerns.


    We've had several compliments for the "pet sheets" that we supply.  I bought $5 Mainstays flat twin sheets at Walmart and keep two in a zippered clear bag at each cabin.  I encourage our pet-owning guests to use them to cover furniture.  I ask them to wash and return the sheets to the bag before leaving.  Everyone has done so to date and we get quite a few online and guestbook comments thanking us for the sheets.  BTW, I purchased striped and polka dotted patterns so the pet sheets don't ever get mixed in with our linens for the cabin.  Helps guests and housekeepers to keep them straight!

    • msdebj Senior Contributor 1,357 posts since
      May 25, 2011
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      Apr 24, 2012 11:17 AM (in response to amyg)
      Re: Vet records?? Fleas?

      Amy- great idea abt. the sheets!   We had the dreaded flea trouble last spring, and it was a nightmare to eradicate them. So, now I do have guests sign a Pet Policy that includes a calsue requiring the animal to be on flea & tick prevention. Though i have no way of knowing if the animal is actually ON the meds, I do tell the pet owner it is for their anaimal's safety, and well as for our home's)


    • marilyn Active Contributor 459 posts since
      Nov 9, 2011
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      Aug 7, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to amyg)
      Re: Vet records?? Fleas?

      I don't think it really matters what your policy is with regards to leaving dogs alone in the house. Tenants will do whatever works best for them.  If they go to a restaurant for dinner, they will not take their dog. If they go out grocery shopping they will not take their dog. Regardless what what the tenant tells you, there will be times that pets are left alone in your home. We can only hope that they are well behaved and do not bark or destroy the house. In eleven years of renting, thankfully we have had no major problems. Last year we lost two small throw rugs due to dog chewing it up. That is the total extent of eleven years worth of summer rentals.



      • trish Contributor 151 posts since
        Feb 24, 2011
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        Aug 26, 2012 4:10 PM (in response to marilyn)
        Re: Vet records?? Fleas?

        Our pet owning guests have been superb. The dogs, as many have stated, are well cared for family members and the owners (usually) don't want to be traveling with a flea infested dog any more than we want one in our home. But there's always a chance.

        As for the leaving the dog on the property alone.....we require the dog to be crated and left in our sun room with laminate flooring if they don't want to leave it in our outdoor dog yard. (most people do this, as we have a climate controlled dog house, a swimming pool and lots of play area in sun and shade for the dogs). Other than one dog that barked a lot and we had to put it in the crate in the house, we've had  no problems. And people are really happy to find a place where they can bring their dogs with them. I have to say, I've had more problems with unruly kids than unruly dogs.

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