Vaccine Requirements for Daycare and Boarding

We want your daycare or boarding visit to go well for you and your dog!  We want you as the pet parent to have a stress-free drop-off process, and one thing that can prevent a stress-free experience is not bringing in the adequate or required vaccine documents….

Please do check your records well in advance of your arrival, as you might find you need to make an appointment with your vet to get vaccinated.  It is important to not just assume that your veterinarian has vaccinated your dog according to our requirements.  Some vets don’t administer some vaccines unless specifically requested by the owner to do so.

 

What your vaccine records must include:

  • The veterinarian/clinic name (The SPCA and Nevada Humane Society have licensed vets giving vaccinations, so their vaccine records are acceptable as well).
  • Your dog’s name
  • The date the Rabies vaccination is due.  If your records only show when the Rabies was given, we will have to assume it is a yearly vaccine unless 2 year or 3 year is indicated on the record.  Your dog must be current on the Rabies vaccine at the time of his/her visit with us.
  • The date the Distemper/Parvo vaccine is due.  This is usually abbreviated as DHPP, DHLPP, DAP, DA2P, DA2PL, DHPPV, or DA2PPV.  If your records only show when the Distemper/Parvo was given, we will have to assume it is a yearly vaccine unless 2 year or 3 year is indicated on the record.  Your dog must be current on the Distemper/Parvo vaccine at the time of his/her visit with us.
  • The date the Bordetella vaccine was given.  This might also be called “canine cough,” “k9 cough,” or “kennel cough” on your records.  If your records only show a due date, we will have to assume your vet put a yearly due date unless stated otherwise and we will count back six months from that for the high risk protocol due date.  Your dog must have been given the Bordetella vaccine within the last six months of his/her visit with us.

 

What we DO NOT accept for vaccine documents:

  • Bordetella vaccine administered OVER six months ago (for canine cough) – Why? Because we follow the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines that deem this vaccine only effective for six months at best in a high risk environment like daycare or boarding.  If your veterinarian gives a yearly Bordetella, we would still need it to be updated if it was given over six months ago of the time your dog visits us. 
  • Handwritten vaccine records other than from Brinkby Animal Hospital, VIP Petcare, ABC Clinic, or Palomino Valley Rescue.  Those local clinics currently ONLY offer handwritten records, but they must still be on the clinic letterhead (it is typically a carbon copy receipt).  If you are coming from out of town and your vet only gives handwritten records, please inform us ASAP so that we can call them and get required verification prior to your arrival – Why? Because unfortunately some pet parents attempt to fabricate vaccine records and say they themselves or a veterinarian vaccinated their dog according to handwritten dates, when actually they did not.  Because of the very few that try this, we must have computer generated documentation from a licensed vet on their letterhead.   
  • Vaccines given by pet ownersWhy?  Because we have no way of knowing if the vaccine was administered or handled properly, or what the storage conditions were like during transportation or while at the place of purchase.  Vaccines must be started at a certain age and boostered at proper intervals in order to stimulate long-term immunity.  Vaccines must also be mixed properly and stored at the proper temperature in order to be effective.  Not all vaccines are equally effective, and owners usually don’t have the information available to make those decisions between manufacturers. Additionally some pet parents attempt to fabricate vaccine records and say they vaccinated their dog themselves when actually they did not.  Because of the very few that try this, we must have documentation from a licensed vet on their letterhead.   
  • Metal dog tags –  Why?  because a dog tag does not show a dog or owner name, the dates the vaccine is administered/due, and is typically only given for a Rabies vaccine. 
  • Dog License (either metal tag or paper license) – Why?  Because the vaccine requirements for obtaining a dog license are not the same requirements of a daycare or boarding facility, and the license does not show vaccines or vaccine administer/due dates
  • Titer tests/titer counts – Why?  Because all of our pet parents bring their dogs here under the impression that all dogs their dog could come into contact with are vaccinated.  Additionally a dog that requires titers in place of vaccines due to age, health issues, or immune issues is not an ideal candidate for a daycare or boarding facility. 
  • Stickers from vaccine viles – Why?  Because there is no way of knowing, when the vaccine was administered, how it was administered, and if it was actually administered.  If all you have from a breeder or previous owner are vaccine stickers, try asking your veterinarian if they will accept the liability and put the vaccine on their letterhead – most will not, and will require you to re-vaccinate by a licensed veterinarian.  
  • Quarantine or oversees flight documentation for travel – Why?  Because the vaccine requirements to fly your dog on an airplane or to quarantine them for travel are not the same requirements of a daycare or boarding facility, and the quarantine/travel document does not show vaccines or vaccine administer/due dates

 

 

What to do if you are missing something!

Ideally you will find this out well in advance of your dogs visit with us, and will be able to get your dog vaccinated by a licensed vet.

If you find out you are missing something as you are dropping your dog off:

  • Call your vet (or we can call them) and see if they actually have more current records on file but you just don’t have them on the printouts you brought with you.
  • Try to make a quick appointment with your vet or another vet that is open today for a vaccine.  Many vets in town are open on weekends as well.
  • If you are leaving on a flight in a short amount of time or have to be somewhere, call a friend or family member and see if they can take your dog for a couple hours and bring them to the vet to get vaccinated and then drop the dog off with us once complete.

Unfortunately we cannot take a dog in our facility without proper documentation of our vaccine requirements.  This is why we remind you verbally when making a reservation, and again in writing in your confirmation email about any vaccine paperwork you will need to bring in.