Dog care – Boarding

Pet boarding - dog boarding

Boarding your dog

Dog boarding - Pet boarding

All dogs that are to be boarded should be healthy and free of contagious diseases.

If your dog has a medical problem that is stable or currently under treatment, let the kennel know prior to boarding to make sure they are comfortable boarding your dog.

We require proof of your dog’s most recent vaccinations.

A kennel cough (bordetella) vaccination is a common vaccine required by kennels that may not be routinely given by your veterinarian. It is a vaccine that offers protection from bordetella, a contagious infection that causes upper respiratory signs (mainly coughing) in dogs. The vaccine that is given intranasally (via the nose) is the most effective and pain free

As a general rule, most kennels require DHLPP and kennel cough vaccinations to be given yearly, and rabies vaccines administered according to individual state law.


It is always a good idea to bring your dog’s own food. If your dog is on a special diet or has special dietary needs, make sure the kennel is aware of this, and that they follow your specific instructions.

If your dog has a special bed or favorite toy, ask if you can bring them with your pet. Familiar items from home will make your pet feel more comfortable while you are away.

The kennel should have several contact numbers available so, if needed, the appropriate people can be contacted in the event of an emergency. First, provide the number (if possible) where you can be reached while you are away. If you are unavailable, a friend or relative’s number should be accessible. This person should be able to make any emergency decisions if needed. Discuss your wishes with this person prior to your leaving. The kennel should also have your veterinarian’s number in case there are medical problems. This is even more important if there are any on going medical problems with your pet.

If your dog typically receives medications at home, they should be continued while boarding. Bring the medications with you to the kennel, and make sure the kennel is aware of the specific problem being treated.