» Shot Requirements

TM’s Kennel takes pride in providing the utmost care for our guests to assure their stay with us will be a pleasant experience.  To better ensure this, we do require certain vaccinations that Veterinarians may, or may not, require to be given, or be given on the schedule we require.  Our complete vaccination policy follows:

For our Canine Guests, we require:

  • Rabies:  Per Massachusetts State law, every dog must have a current Rabies vaccine.  Your Veterinarian will give your dog either a 1-year or a 3-year vaccine.  Either is acceptable.  Check the listed “due date” on your Rabies Certificate issued by your Veterinarian.
  • Distemper & Parvovirus:  These vaccines are sometimes given together in a “Combo” vaccine (ie. DHLPP, DHP, DAP, D2APV) and sometimes given, and listed on your shot records, separately.  Both must be “up to date” before arrival for boarding.  If you are uncertain about deciphering the abbreviations of your “Combo” vaccine, please give us a call.  Please note that titer tests are not acceptable for boarding with us.
  • Leptospirosis:  Once given as a standard annual vaccine, we have noticed over the last few years that this vaccine has been dropped from some of the vaccination protocols.  After discussion with several local veterinarians, we are requiring this vaccine be given annually.  Leptospirosis is still active in this region of the country and can be transmitted to human caregivers as well as other dogs.  This vaccine must be given separately, or as part of a Distemper/Parvovirus “Combo” vaccine annually.
  • Bordetella (Canine Cough):  Your Veterinarian may, or may not, give this vaccine as a course of your dog’s normal care.  We do require that Bordetella be given within the past 6 months.  If it has not been given within the past 6 months, the update must be done at least 7 -10 days prior to arrival at our facility.
  • Attendees of our DayKamp will also be required to show proof of a negative annual fecal test.

For our Feline Guests, we require:

  • Rabies:  Per Massachusetts State law, every cat must have a current Rabies vaccine.  Your Veterinarian will give your cat either a 1-year or a 3-year vaccine.  Either is acceptable.  Check the listed “due date” on your Rabies Certificate issued by your Veterinarian.
  • Feline Distemper Combo:  This “Combo” vaccine must be “up to date” prior to boarding.  Please note that titer tests are not acceptable for boarding with us.
  • Feline Leukemia:
    • Cats with access to the outdoors must have a Feline Leukemia vaccine within the past year.
    • Cats living strictly indoors need only have proof of a negative Feline Leukemia test.

**Though not requirements, we highly recommend for the utmost safety and comfort of your pet, that your pet be up-to-date on his/her monthly Flea & Tick control and Heartworm Preventative.  We cannot monitor the administration of these monthly topical and oral preventatives, so must trust that each pet owner will keep up with such care.  Additionally, we are situated in a very wooded environment and cannot guarantee that your pet will not be exposed to those insects and parasites that frequent such an environment.

Special Notice Regarding Canine Influenza

There have been some recent articles in the local newspapers about Canine Influenza being present in certain areas of the state.  Please refer to this link to understand how this virus presents and spreads:  www.cdc.gov/flu/canine .

Please keep in mind that simply taking your dog to the dog park or walking in the woods where other dogs meet up may expose your dog to this virus.  Not every dog infected will show symptoms.  A dog that appears healthy may then go to their Daycare or Boarding Facility and spread the virus.  As with Canine Cough and other upper respiratory viruses (Coronavirus, Parainfluenza), there can be no guarantee that your dog has not been exposed.  There is a vaccine available that can reduce the severity of this flu in the event that your dog is exposed.   In our research, we have found that not all vets are currently carrying or recommending the vaccine.  We STRONGLY SUGGEST that you have a discussion with your veterinarian about your dog’s risk and make an educated decision about whether or not to vaccinate.  Keep in mind that younger and older dogs are at higher risk of contracting any virus as their immune systems are not as strong and/or efficient.  If you do choose to vaccinate, please provide us with a copy of the vaccine record so that we can keep track of it in your pet’s record.

As always, if your dog seems to be feeling “off” for any reason, please keep him home and consult your veterinarian to determine if he needs medical intervention to get him healthy.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.