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Dear Christopher Cat and Daisy Dog

What shots do cats and dogs need to board at a kennel?

Christopher and Daisy Respond

Your pets should be vaccinated to protect them from three categories of diseases: 1) common diseases that are easily transmitted in a kennel, 2) less common but serious diseases, and 3) diseases for which the kennel requires vaccination.

The first category includes upper respiratory infections that can be transmitted through the air from infected animals, even if they are not sneezing or coughing.

Upper respiratory infections, which you humans call “colds,” spread easily, especially when pets are stressed and the kennel is crowded.

Protect your cats by having them vaccinated with the FVRCP vaccine. Your dogs should receive the DA2PP and Bordetella vaccines.

The second category includes rabies, which can be transmitted by a bat bite that your pet can’t feel and you can’t see.

Before you even realize your pet is sick, he can spread rabies to you. That’s why the law mandates rabies vaccination for cats and dogs.

Finally, individual kennels may require additional vaccinations against diseases they encounter frequently. If they do, ask your veterinarian about these vaccinations as well.

Although we have been vaccinated for the diseases we mentioned, we don’t board. Our parents recognize that we’re homebodies, so they find someone to stay with us when they’re gone.

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