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Boarding Services for Our Clients:
Why your pet(s) should be fully vaccinated (and parasite free) to board with us:
We require full vaccinations for all cats and dogs who stay with us. The vaccines required for dogs are a current canine distemper (DA2PP), Lepto (if appropriate), Rabies Vaccine, Bordetella, and canine influenza for the protection of all dogs in our facility. For cats, we require current feline distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine for all; FeLV/FIV status (negative test for indoor and outdoor) must be on record.
If we (or another kennel) were to allow unvaccinated pets in for grooming and/or boarding, those unvaccinated pets are potential sources of infection to all other pets on the premises.
Also, if we (or another kennel) were to allow pets to board without respect to intestinal parasite status, we risk infecting our grounds with parasite larvae (no matter how much poop we pick up or how well we clean). This will then allow transmission to other pets.
No kennel can fully prevent disease transmission, regardless of sanitation procedures because there are some diseases for which there are no preventions, but we can prevent those for which vaccines are available. We can also prevent the transmission of parasites by requiring our boarders to be on good parasite control regimens, which includes semi-annual fecal exams and monthly heartworm/intestinal parasite administration.
Consider this-kennels are like schools. There is a high concentration of bodies in a confined area. Schools are places where colds and the flu run rampant, just because of that high concentration of bodies. We work our hardest to prevent that same situation here at Halifax Veterinary Center. Where would you rather board your pet-at a facility full of unvaccinated and potentially contagious pets or where everything possible is done to decrease the likelihood of contagion?