Vaccinations & Flea/Tick Requirements

Prior to overnight boarding and/or dog daycare services, you must provide proof of the following vaccinations from your vet:

  1. Bordetella – Up-to-date vaccinations
  2. Parvovirus & Distemper – Up-to-date vaccinations
  3. Rabies – Up-to-date vaccinations

We also require that your dog be on a regular flea and tick prevention program, such as Frontline or Advantage. (Flea Powders/Collars are not acceptable, with the exception of the Seresto Collar.)

Dogs over 7 months must be spayed or neutered in order to participate in daycare, however they may still be boarded.

Why are these vaccinations required?

The four vaccinations listed below are a requirement by almost all kennels, grooming facilities, and dog daycare centers. If they aren’t administered as required, yearly in some cases, your dog is at risk for many serious and even fatal health issues.


The Bordetella vaccine is a non-core vaccine that is administered to both dogs and cats that frequent daycare or boarding facilities in an effort to prevent them from developing canine tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough.  Kennel cough can be both viral and bacterial in nature, and it causes inflammation in a dog or cat’s upper respiratory tract.

The most common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, a runny nose and sometimes even a mild or low-grade fever—similar to human flu-like symptoms. When a dog is infected, he or she is also at risk for other infections, which is why it is so important to have your dog up to date on this vaccination when booking any kind of stay at a dog daycare facility or kennel.

Distemper & Parvovirus:

Both canine distemper and the parvovirus are serious health conditions, and are the two most commonly diagnosed systemic viral conditions in dogs.

Parvovirus is the term given to a group of viruses, rather than one specific one. However, the vast majority of the viruses that make up the parvo grouping are species-specific, meaning that canine parvovirus will generally only affect dogs, human parvovirus people, and so on.

Distemper is another viral condition, and again, is very serious. It most commonly presents in puppies aged under six months old, as their immune systems are still developing, and may not yet be strong enough to fight off the condition in the same way as adult dogs can.


Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies vaccine is classed as an immunising agent, which involves injecting a deactivated strain of the virus into the pet, which in turn prompts the dog’s immune system to produce antibodies to the virus, thereby protecting them against later contracting an active strain of the disease.