Although we want to spend as much time as possible with our beloved furbabies, there are inevitably some occasions where it is simply not possible to take our babies with us. Examples include business trips, vacations and even hospital stays. If you don’t have a neighbor, friend or family member who is unable to take on dog-sitting duties, then there may be no other option than to place your furbaby in to a boarding facility.
Fortunately, most reputable boarding services are fairly enjoyable places for your furbaby to stay and animals are rarely adversely affected by their own miniature ‘holiday’. Nevertheless, with so many dogs’ living in close proximity to one another, any airborne viruses or bacterial diseases can spread extremely quickly – a risk that most boarding businesses aren’t willing to take.
Many of the contagious diseases that threaten the health of dogs can be serious, or in some cases fatal. Significant medical intervention may be necessary, and the boarding kennel could be held liable for any damages sustained by the affected dog and their owner.
Therefore, to ensure the health and safety of all animals visiting the facility - and the staff that work there since some diseases are zoonotic and able to be transmitted from pet to human - most boarding kennels will insist on seeing proof of up-to-date vaccinations before your pet is allowed to put a paw through the door.
What vaccines do boarding kennels require?
Every boarding facility is at liberty to set their own rules and regulations with regards to the vaccinations needed and health requirements to be met by dogs before their stay. These tend to be in line with local/state laws and include some optional vaccines as well as those which are considered core.
In most cases, owners must show proof that their dog is up to date with all core vaccines, including the rabies vaccine which is required by law in the majority of states. The core vaccines for canines include:
It is also very common for kennels to ask for proof that your dog has been vaccinated against Bordetella Bronchiseptica, aka kennel cough.
Other health checks performed by boarding facilities
In addition to requesting proof of certain vaccines to ensure that they are up-to-date, your chosen boarding facility may also perform other varieties of health check before they agree to board your dog. These include:
- Stool sample (to check for internal parasites)
- Physical examination
- Check for external parasites
Again, the exact criteria for allowing a dog to board varies between facilities and you should check with your chosen facility in plenty of time before you require their services. That way, if a vaccination is required that your dog does not yet have, such as one for Lyme disease or kennel cough, you have sufficient opportunity to get your canine suitably protected.
For further information on any canine vaccine, or the vaccine requirements for your dog to board, please do not hesitate to contact our professional and experienced veterinary team at Goodwin Animal Hospital & Pet Resort.