Where should you keep your pets when the rest of the family is away? Sometimes boarding is the best option, but questions about vaccines and what to bring can seem overwhelming. Hopefully, this list of 5 pointers will help you know what to expect when boarding your furry friend with us.

  1. How early should I make a reservation?
    When making a reservation for boarding, we always encourage you to inform us of your travel dates as soon as you know. It is better to call ahead and not need a spot then to call in and be unable to board. We do not charge a penalty when canceling a reservation.

That being said, not every trip can be planned ahead, and some are wonderfully spontaneous day-of trips! We are still very happy to board your pet with us, even if you call the day you need to bring them in. Monday through Friday we are open from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturdays, we are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We take boarding drop-offs throughout our business hours.

  1. What vaccines does my pet need in order to be boarded?
    Here at EPMPH, we do require that pets are current on the following vaccinations:

· For Canines:

o Rabies

o Bordetella


· For Felines:

o Rabies


While there are other vaccines that we recommend, such as the Leptospirosis and Feline Leukemia vaccines, we do not require them to board. These vaccines are all to ensure the health and well-being of all pets staying with us-including yours! If you notice that your pet is not up to date on vaccines at this time it is not a problem! Being a fully equipped medical facility we can update your pet’s vaccines and address any other concerns you may have while they are here for the boarding stay.

It isn’t vaccines, but we do require one more thing for boarding! We want to make sure that all pets staying with us are current on flea prevention. Especially in the summer heat, fleas can flourish in many environments. Again, never fear if you are not current on flea prevention as we offer it through our clinic while they are boarding.

  1. Does my pet get playtime while boarding?
    We take our borders out at least three times a day for potty breaks; we also offer a playtime option! We let the pets play in a way that works best for them. It can be with other pets or with technicians. For older pets, sometimes it’s just a little extra hands-on love throughout the day.
  2. Can you accommodate my pet with special medical needs?
    Definitely! Being a medical hospital we are able to cater to pets that are elderly, diabetic or any other special needs. Especially for new boarders and patients, we like to take the time to discuss with you the different needs of your pet so that we are able to care for them just as you would.
  3. What about weekends and holidays, who looks after my pets then?
    The only days where we are not here the entire day are Sundays and holidays. On Saturday evenings, considering that we close at 4:00 pm, we have a member of our staff come in around 5:00 pm to walk, feed, and medicate all pets. On days when we are not open staff comes in twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening to care for all the boarders here.

Here at East Plano Murphy Pet Hospital we offer boarding for kitties and doggies. Please do not hesitate to call or email our clinic with any questions.

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