#1 Your pet must be vaccinated.
We require proof of vaccination if vaccines were administered by another animal hospital. If your pet is a patient at our hospital, our records will indicate if your pet is vaccinated and you will not be required to provide proof. If your pet is unvaccinated or past due, please inform our receptionist when you book your pet’s stay. We will need to schedule an appointment in advance of boarding to give your pet this important preventative care.
Required Vaccines for Dogs
- Canine Distemper*
- Infectious Hepatitis*
- Canine Parvovirus*
- Canine Parainfluenza#
- Canine Influenza (H3N2 and H3N8 strains)
Required Vaccines for Cats:
- Feline Panleukopenia*
- Feline Herpesvirus*
- Feline Calicivirus*
*, # usually combined in one vaccination
#2 Read and fill out the boarding form completely.
Our boarding form is there to ensure your pet’s health and safety. Please fill it out completely. The form also explains our policies and procedures, please read it. Ask us for clarification if there is something you don’t understand or is unclear.
#3 Bring familiar items.
Your pet will not understand why you are not with them. Reassure them with a favorite toy or a doggie or kitty bed. Anything with your scent on it, such as an old sock or a sweaty T-shirt, will reassure them, too. However, we cannot guarantee that these items will be returned
#4 Diet and Medication.
Although we will provide food for your pet, any new food is likely to upset their digestive system. We provide a gastrointestinal calming diet but we recommend you provide your own food and mark it with feeding amounts. Prescription medications must be in the original containers.
#5 Inform staff verbally of any unusual behaviors or needs.
It’s a good idea to inform our staff verbally about anything unusual or important as well including it on the boarding form.
#6 Maintain your routine as much as possible.
Pets notice a change in routine and may become anxious. Try to maintain your routine as much as possible prior to departure.
#7 Exercise your dog before arrival.
Enjoy the last bit of together time while relieving any anxiety your pet may be experiencing by getting in a good exercise session before you drop them off.
#8 Provide a treat or toy when you leave.
Your pet may be distracted by a treat or a toy and fail to notice you’ve left for a while.
#9 Make your departure quick.
It’s heart-breaking to have to leave your pet, and we’ve seen many pet parents cry when they drop them off. However, that does not help your pet. Keep a calm demeanor and leave quickly and quietly.
#10 Don’t become overly emotional when you pick up your pet.
If you become overly emotional, your pet may think there’s something wrong. This may begin a set of behaviors that will make it very difficult for you to board your pet again.