vaccines required

Dogs:

Must provide proof of vaccinations from your veterinarian showing your pet is up to date.

  • Rabies and DHLPP (Distemper/Parvo) must be current.

  • Bordetella (Kennel/Canine Cough Vaccine) must be current. This vaccine must be given to your pet at least 1 week in advance of boarding reservation if it is not already current within a calendar year of date of stay.

  • Beginning January 1st 2020, we will be requiring the influenza vaccination. If dogs arrive for boarding or grooming and are unvaccinated upon arrival, they will be allowed to stay only if their owners permit us to give the vaccination at the time of admission. We will also at that time set up an appointment for a booster shot, as this vaccine must be boostered one time in 3 weeks and then will be good for a year.

  • Beginning April 1st 2020, if dogs arrive here for boarding or grooming and they are unvaccinated for influenza they will either be turned away, or vaccinated and kept isolated from our other boarding and grooming animals only if space allows.

Canine influenza is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs and cats. Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital is using the bivalent vaccine for dogs because it is the most protective type, protecting against both strains, H3N8 and H3N2.


Cats:

Must provide proof of vaccinations from your veterinarian showing your pet is up to date.

  • Rabies and FVRCP (Distemper/Respiratory Vaccine) must be current.



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*If you cannot provide proof of vaccinations prior to or at time of stay, your pet will not be able to board at the resort.

  • No Fleas: If fleas are found on your pet, the Resort staff will apply a topical flea treatment (Advantage/Frontline) or administer a Capstar pill orally at the owner’s expense.

  • No Overt Aggression: We reserve the right not to board your pet if the animal is deemed unsafe before or during the stay.

Vaccines provide protection from a variety of diseases so your pet neither gets nor gives the infection. Most pet care facilities will require distemper and rabies vaccines for dogs and cats. In addition, Bordetella is often required for dogs, and sometimes leukemia for cats.

Here's a look at the components of vaccines. Many vaccine protocols are now beginning to change. You should always talk with your veterinarian about each disease and yearly vaccinations.

Canine distemper vaccine - this is really a composite of several diseases. Depending on the combination your vet uses, it may include some or all of the following: distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus.

Bordetella vaccines add additional protection against coughing viruses and are boostered every 6 months to 1 year.

Feline distemper vaccine - this is also a composite, containing mostly upper respiratory diseases (Panleukopenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici Pneumonitis) since that is what cats are most susceptible to.

Other cat vaccines include Feline Leukemia and Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Your veterinarian can tell you if your cat will need these additional vaccines.

Puppies and kittens receive several vaccines over a period of weeks when they are young. This is to protect them as their mother's immunity slowly wears away. Traditionally dogs and cats receive boosters on a yearly basis following the initial series.

Rabies vaccinations for pets are required by law. Depending on state law, boosters may be yearly, every other year and even every three years.

Most reputable pet care facilities require proof of vaccination before your pet can board or be admitted into daycare. This is not only for the protection of your pet but for the protection of other pets in the facility's care. Without adequate vaccinations, the facility may not accept your pet.

The content of this article is provided for informational purposes only. You should always consult your veterinarian with concerns about the care of your pet or for medical advice.