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Vaccination Requirements

We take the health of our guests very seriously.  To ensure their health, we require a copy of your pets vaccination records to be kept on file indicating that the following vaccinations are up-to-date and will not expire during their stay with us. 

WARNING - We periodically experience a respiratory ailment that impacts dogs in our care.  This ailment, commonly called "kennel cough", is spread through a variety of different airborne viruses and bacteria. A few of these are included in canine vaccines, but many are not.  While we do our best to prevent the spread of any illness within our facility, we unfortunately have an occasional outbreak.  Normally the illness goes away on its own the and dog recovers in a few days.  Please see the attached document.


To insure the health of all of our guests, please be sure your pet has received the following vaccinations: 


  • Rabies - Rabies is a virus that may affect the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs, cats and humans.  California State law requires all dogs be vaccinated for rabies (with a few special exceptions).  The vaccine should be re-administered every three years in healthy, adult dogs.  We are not able to accept your dog without proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccination.

  • Distemper/Parvo - Canine parvo and distemper are both viral diseases that can affect our doggy family members. While they share a viral cause, and immunity is often administered in the same vaccine, they are very different diseases.  Your pet may receive this and other vaccinations administered in a combination shot with other vaccines.  Discuss your pets needs with your veterinarian. 

  • Bordetella (sometimes called Kennel Cough) - Bordetella is one of a number of diseases commonly known as Kennel Cough in dogs, which causes your dog’s upper respiratory system to become inflamed and puts your dog at risk for contracting other infections, especially very young and very old dogs. There are three methods of administer this vaccine - by injection or intranasally - and just recently an oral vaccine has been developed.  While this vaccine helps protect your pet from Bordetella, there are a variety of other respiratory illnesses similar to Bordetella to which your dog could be exposed and for which the vaccine does not offer protection.  Discuss the frequency of boosters for these different types of vaccines with your veterinarian. 

  • Canine Influenza (H3N2 - H3N8) - Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. There are two different influenza dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus and the other is an H3N2 virus.  There is one vaccination that covers both viruses.  The initial vaccination lasts three to four weeks and then a booster is needed.  After the booster, annual updates are required.  We will accept your pet for boarding after the initial vaccination, but be sure not to forget to get the booster or you may need to start the process all over again!!     

While we do not require the following preventive services, but we do recommend them.  You may want to discuss these with your pet's veterinarian:

  • Leptosporosis - Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that causes serious illness in dogs, other animals, and people. The disease is caused by bacteria that live in water or warm, wet soil.  This vaccine may also be included in combination with your pets' Distemper/Parvo vaccination.  Consult with your veterinarian to determine if your pet should receive this vaccination.

  • Heartworm - Heart worm is a parasitic roundworm that is transmitted through mosquito bites.  Heartworm can be deadly to dogs.  Consult your veterinarian regarding the need for monthly heartworm prevention.

  • Flea Prevention - Fleas can be found almost anywhere, which makes it difficult to avoid them. Routinely treating your dog with an effective flea preventive can help protect them from fleas before an infestation has the chance to begin.  Prevention medications can be found over-the-counter or by prescription.  Consult your veterinarian regarding the best flea prevention method for your pet.



  • Rabies - Rabies is a virus that may affect the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs, cats and humans.  Both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk for contracting rabies.  California State law requires all cats be vaccinated for rabies (with a few special exceptions).  The vaccine should be re-administered every three years in healthy, adult cats.  We are not able to accept your cat without proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccination.

  • FVRCP  - Commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”).


Please upload a copy of your vaccinations to your account, e-mail, or just bring a copy of the vaccination records with you when you check-in your pet for their first stay. We must have a copy of the current vaccination records on file that indicate that the vaccinations are good through the end of the stay, so don't forget to send us an updated record when your pet receives boosters.

In addition, to insure that the pets in our care remain healthy, happy and enjoy their stay we request that your pet arrive flea and tick free! After you have dropped off your pet, if we find that a guest has a flea or tick problem needing to be addressed, we will bathe them and you will be responsible for the price of the bath.

Please call us if you have any questions regarding these requirements.

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