When you take a look at what is required for your pet before boarding at Blue Valley Animal Hospital, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Your last boarding facility didn’t require flea prevention! Have you ever checked a fecal sample on your pet? Who knew dogs should have an influenza vaccine?

When it comes down to it, there is a good reason that our boarding and grooming clients are expected to meet our strict standards. You trust us with your pet’s care, and we think it’s important to protect our furry wards against those things within our control. Our boarding requirements are in place because we care a lot about your pet’s safety.

Our Boarding Requirements

When preparing to go on a trip, you have a lot to think about. Making sure that your pet is ready for boarding is something that should make your to-do list as well. 


If you are boarding your pet with us, we request that they are up to date on routine care and vaccinations including:

  • Rabies (dogs and cats)
  • Distemper (dogs and cats)
  • Bordetella (dogs)
  • Canine influenza (dogs) 
  • Fecal screen negative for parasites (including Giardia for dogs)
  • Flea (and heartworm for dogs) preventative within the last 30 days

It is important to remember that vaccinations should be given at least two weeks prior to the visit for them to be protective for your pet. Also, if your pet has not received a vaccination in the past, it may need to be boostered, meaning you need to be planning at least a month ahead of your boarding needs.

Not every boarding facility requires all of these things. But not every boarding facility cares as much about your pets and their well-being, either. 

The Skinny on the Specifics

There is a reason that our staff at Blue Valley Animal Hospital thinks that our boarding requirements are important.  We see the results of communicable diseases all the time in the veterinary world, and we would feel pretty neglectful if we didn’t help our clients protect their pets and their families in the best way possible.

Despite thorough cleaning protocols and care for sick patients, some diseases are hard to steer clear of. Did you know that:

  • Certain diseases like rabies, roundworms, Giardia, and leptospirosis can be contracted by people? This is called a zoonotic disease.
  • Some viruses like parvovirus (in the canine distemper combo) are very resilient to disinfectants and heat?
  • Some pets can be contagious for infectious diseases such as kennel cough even though they appear outwardly healthy?
  • Just one flea can lay up to 50 eggs in a day?
  • Diseases like canine influenza can be easily spread via fomites (inanimate objects such as food or water bowls, toys, fence partitions, clothing)?

Unless you put your pet in a bubble it would be almost impossible to totally prevent exposure to some pretty undesirable diseases and parasites. We would be remiss to not require these things for the safety of all pets and people in our facility.

We hope it is clear how seriously we take the responsibility of caring for your four-legged family member. If you would like more information about having your pet stay with us, give us a call today so that we can help you.