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Canine Vaccinations

Please review our requirements and be sure your dog is up to date before his or her visit. Please have your veterinarian print your vaccination record and bring that with you when you arrive. We reserve the right to accept or reject your dog from any of our services depending upon our review of its vaccination status.

Required for Overnight Boarding

  • Bordetella (kennel cough) required yearly

  • Rabies (either 1 or 3 year vaccine accepted)

  • Distemper or Distemper combo shots such as DHPP or DHLPP (either 1 or 3 year vaccine accepted)

  • See below for additional requirements for dogs in Daycare and Group Playtime

Strongly Recommended but not Required

  • Canine Flu (both H3N2 and H3N8 vaccines)

Daycare/Group Playtime
Vaccination Requirements same as boarding. 

Distemper may appear on your records as just that, or in a combo shot such as DHPP or DHLPP. These shots cover canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.

There are three ways of administering the Bordetella vaccine: intranasal (in the nose), intravenous (by shot) and orally (in the mouth). We prefer the oral form of the vaccine. If your dog will arrive sooner than 10 days after receiving the vaccine, we strongly request your dog receive only the oral or intravenous form of the vaccine and not the intranasal form.

Canine Flu
Canine flu is a relatively new canine disease in the U.S. that started in the East Coast and Mid-West and is slowly moving west. There are two strains and dogs do not have any immunity before their first exposure. The first confirmed case in the Seattle area occurred in December, 2015 and it is highly contagious. Since it is so new to the Seattle area, many veterinarians do not yet stock vaccines for either strain of canine flu.

Vaccine Effectiveness
The canine flu and the bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines may reduce the severity of the illnesses and may reduce but will not eliminate the possibility of a dog catching either canine flu or kennel cough. With both illnesses, dogs are contagious for two or three days before showing any symptoms so detection of contagious dogs prior to arrival cannot be assured.

Feline Vaccinations

Please have your veterinarian print you a copy and bring that with you when you arrive. We reserve the right to accept or reject your cat from any of our services depending upon our review of its vaccination status.

Vaccinces recquired:

Feline Leukemia
1 year or 3 year vaccine accepted

1 year or 3 year vaccine accepted

1 year or 3 year vaccine accepted
Covers feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia


Aggressive or feral animals: Some pets are timid and don’t warm up to strangers. We can usually work with these animals and love on them with minimal problems. However, some animals are far too aggressive and pose a danger to our staff and other boarding pets. We cannot accept a cat or dog that has a history of fighting or aggression with people. If, after you have checked your pet in, we find that it is too aggressive for us to handle, we will let you know so that you can make other arrangements. If you are unsure how your pet will do in a boarding or daycare situation, we welcome you to stop by for a meet and greet so we can evaluate his or her temperament. You are welcome to leave your dog for a free two-hour assessment so we can get a better idea of how he or she will do in this environment.

Female cats that are in heat or pregnant: Pregnant cats need to be boarded at a veterinarian office where they can be monitored and have medical attention if needed.

Pets recuperating from medical procedures: Your vet’s office is the best place to board your pet if they have recently had surgery or have stitches.

Pets with serious medical conditions: If your pet requires frequent veterinary attention or has medical problems that make it difficult to be around other pets, then your veterinary office is the best place to board him or her. Examples would be seizures, paralysis, serious cardiac, kidney or liver disorders.

Pets exhibiting signs of, or who have recently been diagnosed with a contagious disease. This includes: dogs who have been diagnosed with Parvo or cats who have been diagnosed with Panleukopenia within the past six months, and pets that have exhibited signs of upper respiratory infection or kennel cough within the past two weeks.

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