Canine Emergencies


No one ever wants to deal with an emergency, especially when it pertains to your beloved pet. But stuff happens, and we want to help you be prepared for the worst so it isn’t quite as bad as it could be.

Whether it’s boarding or daycare, leaving your dog in someone else’s care can be worrisome. We consider ourselves at Canine to Five to be a part of your pet’s family, so there are things we do to ensure they are healthy and happy in our care.

As the top rated dog boarding and dog daycare service in Michigan, we make sure that Canine to Five team members are CPR & First Aid certified. We proudly serve dog owners throughout Detroit, Ferndale, and surrounding areas, and we know what to do in the event of an emergency. With the help of Metro Detroit’s best veterinarians like Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital in Woodbridge, Jefferson Animal Hospital in Jefferson Chalmers, and Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Service in Allen Park, our team can easily spring into action when needed.

When leaving your dog in the care of Canine to Five for our boarding or daycare services, it’s important to leave an emergency contact of someone who is in the area that could pick up your pet if necessary. We’ll ask you for that information at drop-off, so you should have a conversation with your out-of-town contact beforehand so they are aware that we have them listed.

If your pup is recovering from surgery and needs to limit their activity, Canine to Five has private play doggy daycare as well as private play dog boarding at both of our locations in Detroit and Ferndale to accommodate any restrictions.

Each day, Canine to Five pack leaders perform wellness checks on every single dog in our care. They check over the dog’s entire body from ears, eyes, and nose, to legs, feet, and toes! If they notice anything abnormal, it is documented and reported to pet parents.


We also reached out to Dr. Brian Young, DVM, from Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital in Southfield, to answer a few questions for us about being prepared for emergencies.

Q: What is the number one thing you would recommend to every pet (dog) owner to have prepared in case of emergency?

Pet insurance or an emergency cash fund.

Q: Do you have advice for pet owners considering whether or not to go to the emergency vet (particularly those with budgetary concerns)?

Bringing your pet in when you think something is wrong can save a lot of money and improve outcomes compared to waiting several days/weeks before coming in.

Q: What are the situations in which you would say, “Do not hesitate, rush to the emergency vet ASAP!”

Exposure to toxins, if your pet cannot walk, changes to gum color (pale, blue, gray, purple), breathing problems (increased effort or rate—greater than 40 breaths per minute at rest).

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