When I started graduate school, I was asked to provide a record of certain vaccines. Being a member of the military at the time, I was pretty certain that I had all of my vaccines up to date. But I could not find proof anywhere in my house of an MMR vaccine from when I was a child. Because I could not produce a record, I had to be vaccinated again for Measles, Mumps and Rubella as an adult (and let me tell you, it’s a painful vaccine).
Of course, when applying to a college, I had plenty of time to get my vaccines up to date. But we are starting to get into our busy boarding season and you may want to have your pets stay with us while you go on vacation. We have recently had to turn some pets away from boarding because their pets were too far overdue on vaccines and their pet was too large to board in our isolation area. Here are a few tips to ensure you can go on vacation without having to worry about vaccines.
- Keep a copy of your pet’s latest vaccine information in a folder that you can find. If you find yourself re-locating often, boarding facilities and veterinarians will greatly appreciate this. If you have boarded with Grafton Animal Hospital, you know we are happy to call your regular or prior veterinarian for vaccines. If you have a folder of medical information, you will know where your pet has been. Any of our staff can provide you a copy of your vaccines done here if needed.
- Use our website to track your pet’s vaccines. It’s easy to set up and you can access vaccines, lab tests, and medications anywhere that has Internet access. Just visit www.graftonvet.com, choose My Pet and My Pet’s Medical Records. You will need to sign in. If you need help with this, please contact Melanie at (757) 898-8433.
- Keep vaccines current rather than waiting until you need to board. Diseases like Parvovirus and Distemper can be passed to other pets easily in close quarters. And the vaccine needs about a week to be effective after given. However, keeping this vaccine current (every 1 or 3 years) will ensure he/she is protected enough to board with other dogs.
Ideally, every pet owner would board their pet at the same place as they get their pet’s vaccines. But that is not always possible. If you think you may be traveling this spring or summer, and you are unsure if your pet’s vaccines are up to date, give any of our staff a call at (757) 898-8433. No plans yet? It’s not a bad idea to update anyway. You never know when you will experience a family emergency and need to go out of town in a hurry. Just call any of the friendly staff of Grafton Animal Hospital to set up your pet’s vaccines or summer vacation.