At Passage East, we strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all our furry guests. Our staff is professionally trained to provide vet-quality care for dogs who are geriatric, recovering from recent surgery or injury, or who have a variety of medical conditions. 

There is a $5-$10 charge per night for special needs dogs, depending on level of care required.

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What Is Playtime Like For My Special Needs Dog?

Each special needs dog is carefully assessed and monitored on an individual basis to determine the activity schedule that best suits their health condition. Dogs with special needs may not always participate in playgroups, but we ensure a safe & pleasant experience when they do by escorting them to & from group and keeping them with calmer, quiet dogs.

Depending on their energy and condition, we may bring your dog in from group early or substitute one playgroup with indoor nap & cuddle time in an extra comfy bed.

Please let us know of any medical conditions your dog has when making your reservation so we can ensure they receive the best possible care.

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Is My Dog Considered Geriatric? 

While dogs can be considered senior between the ages of 7-10, they are likely still healthy or just beginning to experience signs of aging. Our special needs fee will not apply to these dogs, but rather to geriatric dogs, who are at the older end of the spectrum and show more pronounced symptoms and age-related issues.

The age a dog is considered geriatric varies by breed and size. Here are some general guidelines:

Small breeds: 13 years and older
Large breeds: 10 years and older
Giant breeds: 8 years and older

Other factors we use to determine if your dog is geriatric are temperament, health, stamina and if they are a regular boarder already familiar with our staff and facility.

Examples of Special Needs 

Diabetes
Epilepsy
Cancer
Bloating
Missing limbs
Total blindness/deafness

Recent Surgery