Vaccination Requirements

Under Pennsylvania State mandate, Vintage Country Pet Resort can NOT care for any pet over 12 weeks of age lacking proof of a RABIES CERTIFICATE.

Vintage Country Pet Resort is a vaccine-safe facility.

Please be prepared to provide your pet's immunizations with your vet's letterhead attached before utilizing our services. The duration of vaccine effectiveness will be based on the expiration date provided by your veterinarians.

For optimum protection, vaccines should be brought current two weeks prior to boarding or grooming. This will allow your pet's immune system time to form antibodies for the highest degree of protection. Dog owners must specifically request the Canine Cough (Bordetella) vaccine as some area vets do not routinely administer these.

Dogs Over 8 Weeks Old

 Pet Booster (DHPP)

Dogs Over 4 Months Old

Canine Cough (Bordetella)

Rabies

Canine Influenza (CIV or H2N8) is highly recommended for boarding clients, however, not required.

Cats Over 8 Weeks Old

 Pet Booster (RCPC)

Cats Over 4 Months Old

Feline Leukemia

Rabies

These vaccinations are required for boarding, daycare, grooming, & training clients.

About Vaccinations

Be advised: If your pet is very young, advanced in age, or suffers from a compromised immune system, you should take special consideration prior to boarding, grooming, daycare, or upon taking this pet to any place where other animals frequent. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian if care in a public facility is appropriate for your individual pet's health history. Sending your pet to a boarding or grooming facility is exactly like sending your human child to public school. Sometimes, even with the utmost care, illness may occur.

There are many opinions about vaccinations, yet we recognize immunizations provide the best protection against life-threatening illnesses. For the safety of our staff and our guests, Vintage Country Pet Resort clients are asked to be proactive and certain their pet is properly immunized before drop off or risk being refused entry.

If your veterinarian does not want your pet to receive a specific vaccine, we will accept exemption on their letterhead in lieu of the vaccine documentation. Please seek approval from VCPR management prior to arrival.

VCPR highly recommends, but does not require: annual fecal exams for intestinal parasites, flea & tick prevention, Lyme disease vaccination, and annual Coronavirus immunization. Consult your veterinarian.

For any immunization, we must go by the expiration date provided by your veterinarian. If no expiration date is provided, it will be assumed to expire 1 year from the date given.

It should be noted that no vaccine is 100% guaranteed to prevent illness.

Rabies

1 year or 3 year

Rabies is a viral disease which causes acute inflammation of the brain in dogs, cats, and other warm-blooded animals; including humans. Rabies is a fatal disease. PA state law requires VCPR to keep proof of rabies vaccination documentation on file. 

We must have a copy of the actual rabies certificate or rabies expiration date on your veterinarian's letterhead.

Collar tags are NOT sufficient proof. 

The initial vaccine is followed with a booster within 1 year. After which this vaccine may be boosted at 1 or 3 year intervals based on your veterinarian's advice.

Pet Booster

1 year or 3 year

Most often referred to as the "5-way" combination vaccine, this immunization provides protection against 4 or 5 different pathogens:

  1. Distemper

  2. Hepatitus/Adenovirus

  3. Leptospirosis

  4. Parvovirus

  5. Parainfluenza

The Pet Booster (DHPP/DHLPP) vaccine should be given several times between 7 weeks and 6 months of age. Veterinarians re-vaccinate this combination vaccine at 1 to 3 week intervals.

Bordetella

6 month or 1 year

The Bordetella vaccine is often called the "Canine Cough" vaccination. It protects against the bacteria Bordetella, which has often been a component in kennel cough outbreaks. VCPR requires this vaccine of all our clients. Most veterinarians re-booster Bordetella at 1 year intervals.

Canine Influenza

Canine Flu or CIV

The Canine Influenza vaccine is a relatively new immunization on the market. CIV first appeared at racing Greyhound tracks in 2004 and its vaccination was approved in 2010. Dogs have no natural immunity to this disease which initially causes Canine Cough symptoms, followed by flu-like respiratory symptoms. CIV is not transferable to humans. 

Two initial injections are required, spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by annual re-vaccination to assure immunity.