Care

Little Dogs – Walk & Play Time

Little dogs have plenty of access to their own exercise area, it is complete with toys and in the warmer months they even have a paddle pool. If they are all social and getting on and are no entire males and females mixing, they have full access to their grassed area all day and have lots of fun.

It’s great to see all the dogs sharing toys and playing “Chase me Charlie” around the kennel block.

The little dog kennels are out the front where we can keep an eye on them and well away from the large dogs.

The little dogs get so much time out there isn’t really the need for them to be walked, however, walks around our property can be arranged if desired. Please view our Price List page for current prices.

Bigger Dogs – Walk & Play Time

Depending on your dog’s temperament they can either be exercised on their own or with a couple of suitable play buddies. These doggies really enjoy their romps, and wrestles and games.

It is possible to organise up to 3 walks weekly (Monday, Wednesday Friday)

Whilst out walking it gives us the opportunity to have a good individual study of each dog and make sure everything is in working order, it also gives the dogs the opportunity to burn off some steam, have some time out from the fast pace with the other guests and even have a swim in the dam if they like.

Walks are roughly 15mins. Please view our Price List page for current prices.

Diet

Here at Royal Rover we feed a good quality dry food – Hypro Supervite Gold Label biscuits. Supervite has real meat as the primary protein source and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. We mainly use the Adult Chicken variety but also have a “Puppy Chicken” variety for younger dogs. Click here to read more about Supervite.

We also offer Supercoat Sensitive (wheat free but not grainfree) and Supercoat lite (for waistline watchers)

We include organic chicken mince and cooked roll (chicken, rice, egg and vegetable) in the boarding cost. Fussy eaters can usually be tempted with our home-made chicken stock. This has nothing added whatsoever and is virtually fat free.

If your dog is allowed to eat raw bones we can offer:

Brisket Bones (for big dogs)

Chicken Necks (for small dogs)

Baked dog biscuits

Subject to availability

Arrivals & Departures

Our open hours are between 8am and 12pm and then 2pm till 5.30pm.

DROP OFFS: Between 8am and 12pm or between 2pm and 5pm
PICK UPS: Between 8am and 12pm (no bath included) or 2pm and 5.30pm (bath included)
INSPECTIONS: Between 11am and 12pm 7 Days
VISITS FROM OWNERS/FRIENDS: By appointment

Opening our gates between 12pm and 2pm attracts a fee of $25
Customers will not be attended to before 8am
Gates close at 5.30pm

We ask that you keep in mind that we are a small, predominantly family run business. We enjoy taking great care of your dogs but we don’t get a lot of time off and need our family time. Please be respectful of our opening hours.

Healthcare

*Proof of current C5 vaccination is required at check in

Please remember to bring your certificate as we can only call your vet to check vaccination status during normal business hours.

UNVACCINATED DOGS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE KENNELS.

All kennels are cleaned and disinfected daily with an animal safe disinfectant.

Once a dog goes home, it’s kennel is scrubbed out with sugar soap, rinsed, disinfected and allowed to dry.

All blankets and bedding are washed and disinfected as needed and between dogs.

Treatment for fleas and ticks is a condition of entry to our kennels.

You may bring your own flea/tick product or, “Advantix” is available for purchase from our office. If your dog is on a flea/tick programme such as Nexgard or Bravecto, please bring the packaging with you as we require proof of treatment. Your dog needs and deserves protection from fleas and ticks in a boarding environment.

Long term stays

If your dog is to stay with us long term, please make arrangements with the office to ensure your dog is treated for worms/heartworm/fleas/ticks on the appropriate date with your chosen product.

Regular Medications

All medication can be continued whilst your dog is with us. Tablets, capsules, powders, creams, lotions, eye/ear drops, supplements are given at a cost of $3 daily. We can also care for diabetic dogs that are insulin dependent. Injections are $4 daily.

Should your pet need veterinary care, there is a local emergency vet on call close by. In an emergency the owner gets the second phone call. Our priority is to see to the dog’s safety and well-being as quickly as possible. Facilities are available for dogs that are unwell providing that they are not contagious. A trip to the vet costs $40 + the vet bill.

Bloat in Dogs

Bloat is a potentially fatal condition in dogs. It occurs when a dog’s stomach is distended with air and is always a medical emergency. Bloat is more prevalent in some breeds than others, and we go considerable lengths to minimise the possibility of this condition. We soak all kibble in water (or stock for fussy eaters) – hot in winter, cold in summer. This swells the kibble before the dogs eat it and stops it swelling further should the dog drink after dinner. Dogs do not exercise for an hour before or after eating.

To avoid bloat all dogs over 40 kg are automatically fed twice daily at Royal Rover. The amount of food needed to keep a giant dog at the correct weight, is more than we are comfortable to give in a single meal. These large dogs are always fed twice daily and this is included in our XL dog daily rate.