A Little Pet Inn, like all other facilities that board and care for pets, place animals from different households in close proximity. Proximity can increase the risk of passing on infections. This makes vaccinations an essential part of preparing your pet for boarding.
Vaccinations help protect your pet by stimulating their body to produce antibodies to specific contagious and often lethal diseases. If your pet should later come into contact with a disease, the vaccinations will protect them. Vaccinations may be given over a 2-3 week course and immunity may take days or weeks to develop afterward. You should consult with A Little Pet Inn and your vet well in advance to ensure your dog meets all requirements and timeframe involved for vaccinations if unsure. Written proof of vaccinations is required.
The first of the required vaccines for any dog to be accepted is called DA2P/CPV. This stands for Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus. You might also hear this vaccine referred to as distemper/parvo or DHPP (the Adenovirus type II vaccine also protects against CAV-1 and ICH, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, hence the DHPP abbreviation) or referred to as DA2P+Parvo. Parvovirus is especially dangerous because it's highly contagious and, if left untreated, usually fatal (mortality >90%). The second is Kennel Cough (also known as Bordetella) which can have several causes, but the main culprits are Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine Parainfluenza. Dogs cannot be boarded until 3-5 days after vaccination and preferably at least two weeks. Always check to ensure your pet has been vaccinated against Bordetella well in advance as not all vets give this vaccination as standard. The third vaccination is rabies, and although fairly rare in our state, it's such a serious disease that vaccination is required by state law. It is recommended to initially be given when the dog is 6 months old, then one year later, and once every three years thereafter. Additionally, on May 30, 2017, the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine (UF, CVM) reported that multiple cases of respiratory disease have been treated at the hospital since May 23, 2017 (the first reported cases in the state of Florida). Subsequently, as of 5/30/17, CIV (Canine Influenza Vaccine) is required.
Please check with your vet regarding when your dog's boosters are due. If your dog has not been vaccinated before, they cannot be boarded in kennels until 7-14 days after vaccination final completion.
Always discuss vaccination requirements and risks with your veterinarian. There are some special circumstances that may need to be addressed with the management of A Little Pet Inn prior to arranging for your dog to board. While protecting your dog against diseases is important, elderly and physically compromised dogs can possibly be harmed more than helped by vaccinations. Only you and your veterinarian can determine the best plan for your dog. Dogs without vaccinations will only be permitted with veterinarian recommendation and approval in writing, currently dated, and signed. Verification of documentation will be performed.
Our dog, Roo, has given us permission to release her medical records in order to give you an example of what you need to look for on your pet's vaccination records. If you are unsure if your pet has any of the required vaccinations or boosters as listed above, please contact your veterinarian.
Our dog application is very user friendly and comprehensive and can be used for multiple dogs (if you have a cat as well, please complete a seperate application here). You can even upload your pets vet records and a photo of your sweetheart! Please only apply once, regardless of the service requested. For alternatives, contact us at info@alittlepetinn or at (407) 405-3744.
The safety and health of your pet is our highest priority. In order to ensure the happiness and well being of our guests, all dogs are required undergo a "Temperament Test" prior to being allowed to participate in playcare or boarding activities. This gives us the opportunity to ascertain the temperament and social skills of your dog, and to ensure he/she will enjoy participating in the services offered by A Little Pet Inn.
The questions you will answer on your application will assist us in getting acquainted with your furry kid and will help us with knowing how to best interact with him/her. Once this application is completed and we have current copies of the above listed vaccines, we will gladly schedule a time and day for your dogs evaluation. We recommend a full day of playcare (from 10am to 4pm) to acclimate your pet to the environment, but require a minimum of 3 hours. We provide that day of playcare as a complimentary service.
Prior to conducting the temperament evaluation, we review the information presented on the application including the dogs history, previous owners, known issues, previous socialization and interactions with other dogs. We want to know as much as possible so we can make their transition into the pack smooth and enjoyable. There may be a brief parent interview to clarify application answers, but here is no need for you to wait or be present while we conduct the temperament evaluation. Our experience has shown that we are able to gain a much more realistic and accurate assessment of the dogs social skills when the parents are not present as they are not focused on impressing mom and dad, but on interacting with other dogs.
The temperament evaluation begins with the staff becoming personally acquainted with your dog, in a controlled environment, away from the main pack. Afterwards, we will slowly introduce one of our control dogs known for their friendly nature and well rounded socialization skills. We will carefully monitor your dog for body language, posturing, and reactions during these critical first social interactions. We then observe for 5 to 15 minutes while the two of them interact. We will repeat this process with a second control dog until your pet is interacting safely and socially. Then it's time to get their game face on and play in the open environment for a minimum of three hours. An evaluation report will be given to you at scheduled pick up time.