Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Boarding - what vaccines does my pet need?

Vaccines are especially important during boarding since many animals are brought together in a small area. Add to that the stress of boarding and this becomes an ideal condition for disease transmission.

Dogs: The basic canine vaccines are DHPP, Rabies and Bordatella. DHPP is for canine distemper virus, infectious hepatitis and adenovirus 2, parvo virus and parainfluenza virus. These are all very highly contagious and often fatal diseases of dogs. Bordatella (often referred to as "kennel cough") is a very contagious upper respiratory infection (sinus, trachea or bronchi) of dogs that is spread through the air by an infected coughing dog. Bordatella bronchiseptica is a common bacteria associated with this type of infection. Another cause is parainfluenza virus. Young puppies are especially susceptible and can end up with pneumonia as a result of infection. Because of its easy transmission between dogs, most boarding kennels require vaccination in order to prevent your pet from becoming infected while boarding.

Cats: The basic feline vaccines are FVRCP and Rabies. FVRCP is for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia. These are all highly contagious and very serious diseases of cats.

Rabies vaccine is provincial law and is for the protection not only of the pets, but also of the people that will be taking care of your pet. It is 100% fatal to people and animals infected but not receiving early treatment.