If you’re planning a holiday or trip away from home and have been thinking about boarding your pet at a kennel or cattery, we suggest booking your pet's accomodation well ahead of schedule. Good kennels and catteries fill quickly throughout the year particularly during peak travel periods such as school holidays and festive periods. It is also a good idea to plan your pet's health needs in advance. Most good facilities will ask for a current vaccination certificate and for your pet's to be fully vaccinated at least two to three weeks before boarding.
The choice you make in a kennel or cattery will come down to a number of factors, such as location, facilities, price and suitability to your pet. It’s also critical that you choose a boarding facility that requires full vaccination of their animals – this will miminise the risk of your pet getting sick during his/ her stay. A few hallmarks of a good boarding facility include:
Did you know that we offer cat boarding? Cats in the City has been designed to provide your cat with a comfortable and caring home away from home. All in the special care of our veterinary healthcare team.
The recommended minimum requirement for dogs going to kennels is the C5 vaccination. This provides immunity against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and bordatella (which cause canine cough). Find out more information about dog diseases and vaccinations.
The recommended minimum requirement for cats going to catteries is the F3 vaccination. This provides immunity against feline enteritis and feline respiratory syndrome (commonly called ‘cat flu’). Your vet may also advise vaccination against Chlamydophila and feline Leukaemia. Find out more information about cat diseases and vaccinations.
Most dogs will receive a C5 vaccination as puppies, and kittens will receive an F5 vaccination. If this is the case, your pet may only need a booster vaccination. However, a full vaccination history will be useful in helping your vet assess your pet’s needs.
Once a vaccination has been administered, immunity can take days to weeks to develop. To ensure they have optimum protection, ideally your dog or cat should be fully vaccinated (including boosters if required) 2 to 4 weeks before entering a boarding kennel.