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Your Pet and the Holidays

At Centennial Animal Hospital we still have spots open for holiday boarding and grooming, but they are filling up quick so hurry up!

We have two groomers available to take grooming appointments over the holidays to help your pet look their best. Shanyce has been with us since March of this year, and we would like to welcome Ruby to the team who specializes in Asian-fusion grooming!

There are many reasons you may need your pet to be boarded over the holiday. Whether you’re going away on vacation, your pet gets stressed when you have guests over, or going out of town for a gathering; it’s important to make sure your pet is ready for their stay beforehand so you know if they need anything. Follow the checklists below to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Dog Pre-Boarding checklist
1) Is your dog up-to-date on their required vaccines? We require Rabies, Parvo, Distemper, and Bordetella to be current for their stay with us. Bordetella is usually an optional vaccine that has to be updated every year. Be sure to check your records or contact your veterinarian and get them done a minimum of 2 weeks before their stay if they need to be updated.
2) Recommended packing: we recommend packing your dog’s own food for their stay to avoid an upset stomach.
3) Optional packing: machine washable beds and blankets (we have blankets for your dog if you decide not to bring any), a favorite toy or two, and treats if you wish.
4) Do not pack: water/food dishes.

Cat Pre-Boarding checklist
1) Is your pet up-to-date on their required vaccines? We just require FVRCP (Distemper) to be current for their stay with us. Be sure to check your records or contact your veterinarian and have them done a minimum of 2 weeks before their stay if they need to be updated.
2) Recommended packing: we recommend packing your cat’s own food for their stay to avoid an upset stomach.
3) Optional packing: machine washable beds and blankets (we have blankets for your cat if you decide not to bring any), a favorite toy or two, and treats if you wish.
4) Do not pack: water/food dishes.

Pocket Pets/Small Animal Pre-Boarding Checklist
1) For your small animal’s stay, you need to bring their own food (vegetables, pellets, crickets, etc.) and be able to provide instructions (either verbally or written down) for their feedings.
2) Please bring your small animal’s cage as well as any shavings, bedding, toys, water bottles, and any other things that they usually have at home.

If it’s your first time boarding with us, if you haven’t boarded in a couple of years or have a new pet, we will need you to read and fill out a package of forms. We recommend that you print them off our website to make dropping off your pet as smooth as possible.

Because it is so busy during the holidays, we ask you try to drop off your pets at least an hour before closing to ensure we have enough time to get your pet set up for their stay.

If you are picking up your pet on a Sunday or a holiday (Christmas Eve, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day) please be ready to pre-pay or leave your credit card information.

We look forward to seeing you this winter!

Written by Codey

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