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Required Vaccinations for Boarding

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

Are you planning a summer vacation? If you are boarding your dog or cat while you are away, don't forget to make sure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations! Most boarding facilities require that a veterinarian administer the vaccinations at least 24-48 hours before boarding.

Here are the most common requirements:

Rabies – Your veterinarian will recommend a one-year or three-year vaccination. Either one is acceptable for boarding.

Bordetella – Kennel cough can be spread very quickly in boarding facilities, much like a virus in a child’s day care or school. Kennel cough is airborne, so just one sneeze can spread the virus to other dogs.

DHPP – This is your dog’s annual booster shot. It protects against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza.

FVRCP – This is the booster shot for cats. Even if your cat isn’t housed with other cats while boarding, you will still be required to have an up-to-date booster shot.

Not usually required but recommended:

Canine Influenza – A highly contagious virus, the dog flu can be spread through objects, like water bowls, dog beds, and toys. It can also be spread by people who have been in contact with other dogs. Even if your boarding facility doesn’t require the canine influenza vaccine, it is highly recommended that you have your dog vaccinated anyway.

Flea, tick, heartworm preventative – If you are keeping your pet’s preventatives current, great job! If your pet will be due for preventatives while in the boarding facility, you can request the staff administer the preventatives to make sure your pet is protected while you are away.

Leptospirosis – This is a bacterial infection that is spread to dogs through soil, water, and urine of infected animals. It can also be spread to people. While it may not be a part of your regular vaccinations, talk to your veterinarian to see if you should vaccinate your dog before boarding.

One final note:

While this isn’t a vaccine, it is very important! Make sure your pet’s microchip information is up-to-date and that he is wearing a collar with identification tags. It is not unusual for pets to run away or escape when they are away from home. If their information is correct on their tags and microchip, you have a much better chance of finding your pet.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.