We understand that you cannot always groom your pet at home. In order to provide the best veterinary care and protect both your pet and our hospitalized pets we have very strict grooming policies.
Vaccines: Your pet must be up to date on all required vaccines as seen below. These will not only protect your pet but will prevent the spread of disease both to and from your pet while your pet is staying with us. If your pet is starting these vaccines for the first time, they must have the first vaccine on board a minimum of 3 weeks prior to grooming.
Rabies: All ferrets, dogs and cats must have a valid rabies vaccine as required by law. If your vaccine was performed elsewhere, we require a rabies certificate or medical records from your prior veterinarian. A rabies tag is not considered legal proof of rabies, so we need to have the paper verification to back this up. Rabies is given once, then a year later, then every 3 years.
Distemper: All ferrets, dogs and cats must have a current distemper vaccine. Distemper is a cocktail of vaccines that protect your pets. In dogs and ferrets, the vaccine protects against hepatitis or adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza virus and sometimes leptospirosis. In cats, the vaccine protects against panleukopenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and coronavirus. All of these diseases can be potentially fatal and are highly contagious, especially in a kennel situation. Distemper is given as a series of vaccines, depending on age, two or three times 3-4 weeks apart then a year later, then every 3 years.
Canine Influenza Virus: A new and emerging potentially fatal respiratory disease of kenneled animals. This disease is highly contagious. This vaccine does not always prevent the disease but makes the symptoms milder if the disease is acquired. CIV is given as a series of 2 vaccines 2-4 weeks apart then yearly. This vaccine is protective 1 week after the 2nd vaccine.
Bordetella: Also known as “kennel cough,” causes a very chronic and difficult to control cough. This disease is highly contagious. Bordetella is given yearly.
Flea Test: A flea comb will be used on your pet to determine the presence of fleas or flea dirt (flea excrement). If these are seen, a dose of oral flea medication will be given to your pet to control the spread of fleas to the other pets in the hospital. We are very aware of how sneaky these parasites can be!