Q: I need to board my dog quickly, do I need to rush to the vet and get a bordetella vaccine?

Please don't. We feel it is completely your decision to get a bordetella (kennel cough/canine cough vaccine) and for this reason we do not require it. This is due to the fact that the vaccine only protects against a few strains of the virus, and there are dozens! Therefore, we would much rather you didn't stress your dog’s immune system before changing their environment by boarding them. Doing so will cause a higher risk of illness. It also takes two weeks just to build immunity, so getting it right before boarding will not benefit them in anyway. Lastly, it is a live virus and can shed to other dogs for some time after getting the vaccine, so it is a higher risk to us for you to get it — than not to get it at all.