Boarding Your Dog Or Cat And Vaccinations
If you’re planning a holiday or trip away and are looking to board your pet at a kennel or cattery, we suggest booking your pet’s accommodation with us well ahead of time. It is also a very good idea to plan your pet’s health needs in advance.
Choosing A Kennel Or Cattery
Why choose Auckland Kennel & Cattery for your pet? The choice you make normally comes down to a number of factors, such as location, facilities, availability, reputation, safety and suitability for your pet. See what our clients have said about our facilities.
If your pet is to be safe, it is critical you choose a boarding facility, like ours, that requires full vaccination of their animals. Sometimes owners ask us, “Do I need to vaccinate my pet?” As responsible boarding kennels owners, all cats and dogs staying with us, whether as short-term or long-term guests, are required to be vaccinated. Contact us about availability for your pet today.
Your Pet’s Health
You want to rest assured that your pet will be safe while in someone else’s care. Good pet care facilities will ask for a current vaccination certificate, and ideally for your pet to be fully vaccinated two to three weeks before boarding.
If they don’t require this, then we strongly recommend you take your pet elsewhere.
When you bring your dog or cat to stay with us we ask that you provide our boarding facility with an outline of your pet’s medical history and current medication, and your preferred veterinary clinic details. However, we do of course have a veterinary clinic we routinely use in emergencies.
Protect Your Pet: Vaccinate Before Boarding
Boarding facilities place animals from different households in close proximity, increasing the risk of infection. Both cat vaccinations and dog vaccinations protect against infectious diseases which can be spread from one animal to another. While some diseases only cause only mild illness, others can be fatal. Vaccinations are an essential part of preparing your pet for boarding.
Vaccinations help protect your pet by stimulating their body to produce antibodies to specific diseases. If your pet should later come in contact with a disease they are vaccinated against, the antibodies will protect them. Immunity may take two to three weeks to develop after vaccinations are given.
Most dogs will receive a C5 vaccination as puppies, and kittens will receive an F5 vaccination. If this is the case, your pet may only need a booster vaccination to maintain immunity and ensure their immune system is always prepared in its constant fight against disease.
Once a vaccination has been administered, immunity can take days to weeks to develop. To ensure they have optimum protection, your dog or cat should be fully vaccinated, including boosters, 2 to 4 weeks before coming to stay at a boarding kennel.
Vaccinations for Dogs
The minimum vaccination requirement for dogs coming to our kennels is the C5 vaccination. This provides immunity against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and Leptosporosis. These vaccinations are to be given annually and to be done no less than 3 days before boarding commences. All vaccinations are to be valid for the length of stay.
Core Vaccinations: what are these vaccinations protecting my dog against?
Vaccinations For Cats
The recommended minimum vaccination requirements for cats coming to stay in our cattery is Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis (snuffles), Feline Enteritis, Potional Chlamydia, Chlamydophila and feline Leukaemia. All cats must have had vaccinations within the last 12 months, but not less than 7 days before entering the cattery. All vaccinations are to be valid for the length of stay.
Core Vaccinations: what are these vaccinations protecting my cat against?
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis:
Feline Calicivirus (“Cat Flu”):
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV):
Why Are Vaccinations So Important?
Dog and cat vaccinations play an important role in keeping your pet healthy, so remember to check your pet’s vaccination status before your holiday comes around. All reputable boarding catteries and kennels require their visitors to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Insufficient vaccinations put your pet’s health at risk, and remove your pet’s eligibility from any decent pet boarding facility. Also, any resulting illnesses will result in not only a great deal of stress but very high vet bills. Do I need to vaccinate my pet? Yes!