Vaccines can be confusing and a little overwhelming sometimes, especially for pet parents who don't frequently need boarding or daycare services; however, vaccines are an incredibly important part of keeping our facility safe for your pet and our staff members! We're here to help make understanding vaccine requirements as clear and concise as possible without compromising the importance of our policies.
Vaccines must be administered no later than 48 hours prior to your pet's stay.
Starting May 1st, 2023, we will require that all dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits have received their required vaccines no later than 48 hours before their stay with us. This includes any vaccines the Albany Pet Hotel will be administering. Please read about our walk-in vaccine administration services below.
We can only accept vaccine records provided by your veterinarian.
For this reason, we are unable to accept vaccines that have been administered by you or a breeder. Please speak to your veterinarian so they can transfer any vaccines that have been administered by yourself, a breeder, animal shelter, or other boarding facility to your dog's vaccine records.
Required Dog Vaccines:
(DHPP or DAPP)
Canine Influenza (CIV)
(every 6 months)
Required Cat Vaccines:
Required Small Animal Vaccines:
All dogs, cats, and ferrets 6 months and older must have a current Rabies vaccine for all daycare, boarding, and grooming services. Pets that are under 6 months old must have their birthdate printed on their vaccine records in order to be exempt from the Rabies vaccine.
Proof of your pet's rabies vaccination must be provided in documentation form such as a rabies certificate or vaccine records. We are unable to accept a rabies tag from your pet's collar as adequate proof because the tag alone does not provide the information we need for verification.
Distemper/Parvo Combo (DHPP or DAPP)
The 4th booster is dependent on your veterinarian's discretion
Regardless of your dog's age, all daycare and boarding dogs must have all of their DHPP/DAPP boosters (a completed series) in order to stay with us:
Distemper/Parvo is a combination vaccine that we require all boarding and daycare dogs to be up to date on. We cannot accept any dogs that are still in the middle of receiving their boosters every 3-4 weeks (including puppies) as shown above, so please confirm that your vaccine records indicate your dog's Distemper/Parvo combo vaccine is a 1 year, 3 year, or 5 year vaccination. In other words, your dog must be completely vaccinated for DHPP/DAPP in order to stay with us.
We can administer the DHPP vaccine for $30 with proof that your dog has already completed the entire booster series (we cannot administer any DHPP boosters) with no adverse reactions. Please read about our walk-in vaccine administration services below for more information.
Bordetella (Canine/Kennel Cough)
We require Bordetella be administered every 6 months in order for your dog to stay with us for boarding and/or daycare. If your dog's Bordetella has expired within 6 months of their last administration, we will require that your dog receive an updated Bordetella vaccine even if your vet administers this vaccine annually. We can administer Bordetella for $20 with proof that your dog has received the Bordetella vaccine before with no adverse reactions. Please read about our walk-in vaccine administration services below for more information.
Please Note: Even if your dog is up-to-date on their Bordetella vaccine it is still possible for your dog to contract Canine Cough in any high traffic area including dog parks, pet stores, grooming salons, and daycare/boarding facilities like the Albany Pet Hotel. We take reports of Canine Cough in the area very seriously and we greatly appreciate any form of notice that your dog is showing symptoms before or after staying at our facility to greatly reduce the chances of the virus spreading any further. Our policy remains to be as transparent as possible when there is an outbreak in our facility. If you feel your dog may be ill, please do not bring them into our facility and consider an in-home pet sitter instead.
Canine Influenza (CIV)
Yes, we require Canine Influenza!
*Currently exempt due to vaccine shortage*
We started requiring this vaccine in 2019 due to the increasing cases of Canine Influenza throughout the country, more specifically in our neighboring state of California. Since then, there has been a rising number of Canine Influenza cases in Washington as well as in Oregon (see figures below). As we continue to see an increasing number of dogs from out of state in our facility, our referring veterinarian recommends we continue to require this vaccine for all of our boarding and daycare dogs to ensure they are protected against the virus as best as possible.
The following figures are courtesy of dogflu.com
Canine Influenza is not the same as Parainfluenza
This tends to be one of the biggest misunderstandings as Parainfluenza is typically included in the Distemper/Parvo combo vaccine (also known as DHPP or DAPP). While these two viruses share similar symptoms, Canine Influenza and Canine Parainfluenza are completely unrelated and are not the same virus. Currently, Canine Influenza is not included in any combo vaccines and must be administered by a veterinarian or licensed vet technician.
Canine Influenza is administered as two boosters. While we realize Canine Influenza is not yet widely required among other pet care facilities, we do allow daycare and boarding dogs to stay with us with only the first booster as long as the booster does not expire during the pet's stay. The second booster must be followed up 3-4 weeks later - and then on an annual basis - to ensure the best protection against the virus.
Regardless of your cat's age, all boarding cats must have all of their FVRCP boosters (a completed series) in order to stay with us:
FVRCP is a combination vaccine that we require all boarding and day-boarding cats to be current on. We cannot accept any cats that are still in the middle of receiving their 3-4 week boosters (including kittens) as shown above, so please confirm that your vaccine records indicate your cat's FVRCP combo vaccine is a 1 year, 3 year, or 5 year vaccination. In other words, your cat must be completely vaccinated for FVRCP in order to stay with us.
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2)
The Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease is a fatal disease that is easily transmitted through rabbits. Due to our high traffic facility and the increasing cases of this disease, we have started requiring all boarding rabbits to have this vaccine prior to staying with us. This vaccine is administered in a series of two boosters, administered 3-4 weeks apart, followed by an annual administration every year.
Walk-In Vaccine Administration Services
Walk-in vaccines are offered Monday through Saturday from 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
We offer walk-in vaccine administration services for our regular daycare clients and boarding dogs who have an upcoming reservation with us and are unable to have the vaccines administered by their vet. We offer the following vaccines:
Bordetella (oral) - $20
Distemper/Parvo (DHPP) - $30
If your dog has had reactions to vaccine administration in the past, we recommend that your vet continues to provide vaccine administration services for your pet. Additionally, we are unable to provide vaccine administration if your dog has not had these vaccines administered by a vet before.
Starting May 1st, 2023, all vaccines must be administered no later than 48 hours prior to your pet's next stay with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does my pet need to wait before they can stay after getting vaccinated?
Starting May 1st, 2023, we will require that all pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits) have received their vaccines no later than 48 hours prior to their stay with us. This means we will no longer be able to accept pets that have received their vaccines the same day as drop off, and we will no longer be able to administer vaccines for dogs at drop off.
Can I bring in a copy of my pet's vaccine records at drop off?
Clients must upload, email, or bring in their pet's vaccine records no later than 48 hours prior to their scheduled stay with us (the sooner the better!). This way we can ensure your pet has all the vaccines we require to be able to stay at our facility.
Reservation requests can only be made through the client portal if all of your pet's vaccine records are up to date in our system.
Can I use my pet's Rabies tag as proof they are up-to-date on the Rabies vaccine?
Unfortunately, because Rabies tags do not indicate the expiration date of the vaccine, we cannot accept tags alone as proper documentation that the pet is up-to-date on their Rabies vaccine. Please provide written documentation proof such as your pet's Rabies certificate or vaccine records from your veterinarian.
What vaccines does my puppy need to be able to play/stay at your facility?
All puppies, regardless of age, must have Bordetella within the last 6 months, all 3-4 boosters for DHPP/DAPP, and at least the first booster for Canine Influenza (CIV) as long as the first booster does not expire prior to or during their stay with us. We do not require Rabies until 6 months of age with documentation proof (such as vaccine records with a birthdate) indicating that the puppy is under 6 months old.
My dog's vaccine records show that her/his Bordetella does not expire until a year from the administration date. Does that mean s/he is up-to-date on the Bordetella vaccine?
We require Bordetella be administered every 6 months regardless if your dog's vaccine records indicate the Bordetella vaccine they received does not expire for a year from the administration date. As long as your dog has received the Bordetella vaccine within the past 6 months, your dog is welcome to stay at our facility. If your dog's Bordetella was administered in the last year, but has expired in the last 6 months, you will need to have your veterinarian administer the Bordetella vaccine again before bringing your dog to our facility. We can also administer the Bordetella vaccine for an extra $20 with proof that your dog has received Bordetella from a veterinarian before (such as with proof of previous vaccine records). Please see our vaccine administration information above for more information.
Can my dog stay with only the 1st Canine Influenza booster?
The Canine Influenza (CIV) vaccine is administered in two parts; the first booster is given followed by a second booster 3-4 weeks later. Once the second booster is administered, your dog does not need to receive the Canine Influenza vaccine again for one year.
Boarding dogs are welcome to stay with us after they have received the first Canine Influenza booster; however, the first Canine Influenza booster cannot expire before or during their boarding stay with us. If this is the case, your dog must receive their second Canine Influenza booster prior to their boarding reservation with us.
Daycare dogs are welcome to stay and play at our facility with only their first Canine Influenza booster administered, but must receive the second booster by the time their first booster expires in order to continue daycare services with us.
What vaccines can APH administer?
We can administer Bordetella and DHPP/DAPP for our boarding, daycare, and grooming dogs with proof that the dog has received the vaccine before by a veterinarian with no adverse reactions. If your pet has had any adverse reactions to any vaccines in the past, we highly recommend that only your veterinarian administer these vaccines at least 48 hours prior to your pet staying with us. Included with every APH administered vaccine is a copy of the vaccination that was administered, which can be provided at check out or sent to your veterinarian at your request. Otherwise, a hard copy is kept on file at the Albany Pet Hotel and can be accessed at any time.
APH Bordetella administration is $20/dog with a 6 month expiration date
APH DHPP/DAPP administration is $30/dog with a 3 year expiration date
Starting May 1st, 2023, vaccines administered by APH will need to be completed no later than 48 hours prior to your pet's stay with us. Please view our walk-in vaccine administration information above for more information.
Albany Pet Hotel has the right to refuse any vaccine services to any dogs displaying aggressive behavior, or with a previous history of aggressive behavior, associated with vaccine administration.
Will Albany Pet Hotel administer vaccines to any dog?
Vaccine administration at the Albany Pet Hotel is reserved for dogs with a scheduled upcoming reservation with us or who are staying for daycare. We do not administer vaccines to any dogs who are not staying with us for daycare, boarding, or grooming services. We strongly encourage your veterinarian to administer vaccines for your pet when possible. Our vaccine administration services serve as a convenience for our clients whose pets' vaccines have expired, and not able to make an appointment with their vet prior to their upcoming stay with us.