When your pet goes into boarding, you will undoubtedly have lots of different things to think about. One of your immediate priorities should be ensuring your pet is vaccinated ahead of his stay. Here’s why this element of his care is so important.
1. Vaccinations can protect your pet from becoming unwell
The primary reason that any vaccination is given is to protect your pet from the many infectious diseases that can potentially affect him. Lots of these are airborne or spread via direct contact with an infected animal, and since there are likely to be a large number of pets staying in the boarding facility at any one time, these types of environments are ideal for the spread of sickness and disease. If your pet is sufficiently protected, you should be able to rest, feeling reassured that your furbaby won’t get sick.
2. You can protect other pets staying in the facility
By ensuring that your pet is not carrying any infectious diseases when he goes into boarding, you can help prevent other cats staying there from becoming unwell. You could also help prevent widespread disease since any animals that your pet infects could then go on to pass the disease to others outside of the boarding facility.
3. You could also protect humans from disease
Some diseases that affect our pets are zoonotic. This means that they have the necessary characteristics to be able to be spread from animals to humans, and if your pet is not vaccinated, he could potentially be putting the people into contact with at risk as well as other pets. Examples of zoonotic diseases include rabies, encephalitis, Lyme disease and tularemia. Since some of these illnesses can have serious and even fatal consequences for us, vaccinating your pet should be a priority.
4. You boost your pet’s immunity
If your pet hasn’t had a booster vaccination in the last 12 months, your vet may well recommend that he has one, and indeed your chosen facility may insist on it. The reason for this is that the exact length of time that an animal is totally immune from disease from is not fully known, only estimated. While one animal might have a considerable accumulation of disease-fighting antibodies still in his system after 12 months, another animal may not. Therefore, to ensure that your pet is as safe as possible when entering a high-risk environment like kennels or a cattery, it is usually recommended that you speak to your vet about booster vaccines.
5. Your pet may not be allowed to board without them
Finally, but in some ways most importantly, your pet may actually be turned away from the boarding facility if he does not have proof to show that he has recently been vaccinated against specific diseases. This is because any good boarding service will have very strict rules regarding the health of any animal entering the facility and these will be put in place to protect all the pets staying there. In many cases, you will need to show that your furbaby has recently had core vaccinations as well as any non-core vaccines that are still deemed essential by the boarding proprietor. In the case of dogs, this could include the vaccine for kennel cough, or for cats Bordetella bronchiseptica – both of which are considered optional, but which could protect your pet against diseases which are easily spread in boarding environments. Check the entry requirements for your boarding facility well in advance of making a booking.
For further information on pet boarding, or why it is vital for your pet to be vaccinated before boarding, please do not hesitate to contact our professional and experienced veterinary team at Goodwin Animal Hospital & Pet Resort in East Montgomery, Alabama.