Vets In Chichester - Boarding Your Dog: Their Vaccination Requirements
Vets in Chichester, like many other pet owners, are looking forward to summer holidays. Preparation for going away is always a busy time; even more so if you have a furry friend who’ll need to be taken care of in your absence. Here is a quick guide to what you need to consider before boarding your dog.
There are two things you should do well in advance. First, find a boarding facility you can have confidence in. Word of mouth recommendation is often the best guide here: speak to friends and relatives with dogs; or even the dogwalkers you meet when you’re out and about. You want to know that the facility you choose is safe, secure and has a reputation for taking care of its visitors well. It’s not unreasonable for you to ask to visit the kennels in advance of booking your dog’s stay. Most good facilities will be eager to show you around and put your mind at rest about the conditions and care your animal will experience while you’re away. Secondly, check their requirements when it comes to vaccinations and ensure everything is up-to-date. The latter is particularly important, as unless your dog is vaccinated routinely, timing can be everything. For dogs, kennels will usually ask for evidence of protection against Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Distemper and Kennel Cough. While most dogs are vaccinated fully as puppies and then only need booster vaccinations throughout the rest of their lives, the frequency of those boosters can vary.
Some immunisations only last for a year, while others need supplementary vaccination once every three years. Check with your Chichester vets what’s needed and when. It’s usually recommended that there’s a gap of up to two weeks between your dog receiving his vaccinations and the date boarding starts, so you’ll need to check what vets Chichester based and the boarding kennels recommend and plan ahead accordingly. You don’t want to find your dog has to be placed in seclusion for some or all of his stay; or worse, that he’s not allowed to stay at all. Vaccinations aren’t the end of it, though. Most reputable boarding kennels will also expect you to have treated your pet for parasites before he arrives. This protects the other animals he’ll be mixing with during his stay, just as you’d expect your own dog to be kept safe from harm. Finally, if your pet has an ongoing medical condition, talk to the kennels about it in advance and take sufficient medication for the duration. Most will accommodate this, but it’s always as well to check. Also, leave them contact details for your own vet Chichester based practice in case they need to talk to a professional who knows your animal at any stage.
Boarding your animal while you are away on holiday can be an anxious time, especially if it’s the first time you’ve left your pet in the care of others. However, vets in Chichester are always happy to advise on preparing your dog for boarding, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have any concerns. Otherwise, have a happy holiday!