Boarding Services for Our Clients:
- Whether it is long walks, play time, arts and crafts, or a good brushing, all dogs and cats in our care will receive one on one attention every day. For safety, we will always have your dog on a leash when they are outside.
- Someone will be with your pet until 6:30 PM Monday through Friday and every Saturday and Sunday morning and evening.
- If your pet has any special needs, a doctor and technician are on call every weekend! Your pet's stay with us will be tailored to fit their needs, even if it includes extra visits from our staff!
- Bathing, grooming, dental cleanings, and many other services can be scheduled during their stay here to save you time. They are, of course, at an additional charge.
- Reservations are recommended, especially during the holidays, so be sure to call ahead!
- No shows or cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will be charged one night's boarding fee for all pets that had reservations.
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), Leptospirosis (if our Doctors deem appropriate), Rabies, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza for the protection of all dogs in our facility. For cats, we require current Feline Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies for the protection of all cats in our facility; FeLV/FIV status (negative test for indoor and outdoor) must be on record. Any cat who is not "indoor only" is required to also be current on the Feline Leukemia vaccine.
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 often we pick up feces 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 for our patients and boarders. 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?