Vaccines, Medications & Medical Conditions

Dog Vaccine Requirements<br><br><span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Dogs must be current on Rabies, DHPPv/DA2PPv (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) and Bordetella.<br><br> Day Campers must be spayed or neutered.<br><br> <strong>For Chicago and Cincinnati:</strong> dogs must also be current on CIV (canine influenza).<br><br> <strong>For Walt Disney World:</strong> Dogs must also be current on both Canine Influenza vaccines (H3N2 and H3N8) in order to participate in our group options.</span>
Dog Vaccine Requirements<br><br><span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Dogs must be current on Rabies, DHPPv/DA2PPv (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) and Bordetella.<br><br> Day Campers must be spayed or neutered.<br><br> <strong>For Chicago and Cincinnati:</strong> dogs must also be current on CIV (canine influenza).<br><br> <strong>For Walt Disney World:</strong> Dogs must also be current on both Canine Influenza vaccines (H3N2 and H3N8) in order to participate in our group options.</span>
Dog Vaccine Requirements<br><br><span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Dogs must be current on Rabies, DHPPv/DA2PPv (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) and Bordetella.<br><br> Day Campers must be spayed or neutered.<br><br> <strong>For Chicago and Cincinnati:</strong> dogs must also be current on CIV (canine influenza).<br><br> <strong>For Walt Disney World:</strong> Dogs must also be current on both Canine Influenza vaccines (H3N2 and H3N8) in order to participate in our group options.</span>

Dog Vaccine Requirements

Dogs must be current on Rabies, DHPPv/DA2PPv (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) and Bordetella.

Day Campers must be spayed or neutered.

For Chicago and Cincinnati: dogs must also be current on CIV (canine influenza).

For Walt Disney World: Dogs must also be current on both Canine Influenza vaccines (H3N2 and H3N8) in order to participate in our group options.

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Cat Vaccine Requirements<br><br> <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Cats must be current on Rabies and FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia).<br><br> <em>*Vaccine requirements can change, please call ahead to your local center to see what the current requirements are.</em></span>
Cat Vaccine Requirements<br><br> <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Cats must be current on Rabies and FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia).<br><br> <em>*Vaccine requirements can change, please call ahead to your local center to see what the current requirements are.</em></span>
Cat Vaccine Requirements<br><br> <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Cats must be current on Rabies and FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia).<br><br> <em>*Vaccine requirements can change, please call ahead to your local center to see what the current requirements are.</em></span>

Cat Vaccine Requirements

Cats must be current on Rabies and FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia).

*Vaccine requirements can change, please call ahead to your local center to see what the current requirements are.

Medications & Medical Conditions

If your pet is on special medications, it's best to call your local Center to double check that we are able to properly administer that medication. All medications are handled by our Team Leads. In order to ensure the best possible care for your pet, there are certain medications and medical conditions that we are unable to handle in our locations (with the exception of Walt Disney World).

These conditions include:

• Diabetes
• Epilepsy
• Congestive Heart Failure
• Cushings Disease
• Addison's Disease
• Pets that need to be tranquilized
• Injectable medication of any kind (we cannot handle sharps)
• Pets requiring 4 or more types of medication
• Pets with active hot spots (these can get worse if left untreated)
• Immobile pets
• Pets with eye discharge (green, crusty matter) requiring daily care
• Pets with sutures, bandages or casts
• Pets with ear discharge (foul smell, red or raw) requiring constant cleaning
• Pets with health conditions that may deteriorate under boarding or different conditions than at home like kidney, liver or auto-immune diseases

***Please note that these conditions or medications are subject to change, so it's best to contact your local Center just to double check. Caring for your pet is our top priority!***

Black List of Drugs

Best Friends will offer medical boarding in most centers. Certain medications are indicative of medical problems that are inappropriate in a standard boarding situation. Pets taking these medications may not board in Best Friends’ centers. This policy also pertains to grooming, daycare and day camp.

Please note that ANY injectable medication prescribed to control the following health conditions should not be accepted even if it does not appear on the following list. If you are unsure whether or not to accept a pet for boarding due to its medication or medical condition, contact your District Manager. Veterinary recommendation to board does NOT supersede Best Friends’ policy unless noted.

PROCEDURE: Both upon making a reservation and arriving to board, customers should be asked if their pets are taking any medications, what dose they are giving (if they are on medication) and if the pet has any medical problems. The medications should arrive in the original container with current dosing on the label.

Below is a list of medications that are NOT accepted in Best Friends centers:

• Insulin (Humulin, Novolin, Vetsulin, Glipizide, PZI, Lantus, Detemir) -- Diabetic medication (Diabetes)
• Percorten Injection -- Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
• Injectable medication of any kind


The following medications and medical conditions are acceptable with a veterinary letter stating the patient has been on the medication for at least 1 month and are currently stable.

• Phenobarbital (Luminal)
• Diazepam (Valium)
• Potassium Bromide -- Anti-epileptic medications (Seizures)
• Keppra (Levetiracetam)
• Zonisamide (Zonegran)

• Digoxin (Digitalis, Cardoxin)
• Furosemide (Lasix, Salix)
• Spironolactone (Prilactone, Tempora)
• Cardic medications (Heart issues)
• Enalapril (Vasotec, Enacard)
• Benazepril
• Pimobendan (Vetmedin)
• Sildenafil (Viagra)

• Vetoryl (Trilostane)
• Mitotane (Lysodren, Op-DDD) -- Cushing’s Disease
• Acepromazine (Promace) -- Sedative


CAUTION DRUGS

Pets on “Caution” medications require a veterinary letter stating that the patient has been on the medication for at least 1 month and are currently stable.

• Carprofen (Rimadyl, Novox)
• Meloxicam (Metacam)
• Deracoxib (Deramaxx) -- NSAIDS (non-steriodal anti-inflammatories)
• Tepoxalin (Zubrin)
• Etogestic (Etodolac)
• Galliprant (Grapiprant)
• Peroxicam (Feldene)
• Previcox (Firocoxib)


Other:

Pets on the following medications require a veterinary letter stating that the patient has been on the medications for at least 1 month and are currently stable.

• Theophylline -- Airway disease / Heart disease
• Fluoxetine (Prozac)
• Clomicalm -- Anxiety
• Prednisone/Prednisolone -- Steroid - treats variety of disease process


***Please note that these conditions or medications are subject to change, so it's best to contact your local Center just to double check. Caring for your pet is our top priority!***

<br><br>Offering Preventative and Wellness Services<br><br> <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Our care extends beyond today as we also consider your pet’s future well-being. In conjunction with Vetco, we offer vaccination and wellness services in our convenient locations.<br><br> <a href="https://bestfriendspetcare.com/veterinary-care"><strong>Click here</a> to visit our main Veterinary Care page</strong> - learn more, see our upcoming clinic dates and locations, and make a reservation.</span>
<br><br>Offering Preventative and Wellness Services<br><br> <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Our care extends beyond today as we also consider your pet’s future well-being. In conjunction with Vetco, we offer vaccination and wellness services in our convenient locations.<br><br> <a href="https://bestfriendspetcare.com/veterinary-care"><strong>Click here</a> to visit our main Veterinary Care page</strong> - learn more, see our upcoming clinic dates and locations, and make a reservation.</span>
<br><br>Offering Preventative and Wellness Services<br><br> <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Our care extends beyond today as we also consider your pet’s future well-being. In conjunction with Vetco, we offer vaccination and wellness services in our convenient locations.<br><br> <a href="https://bestfriendspetcare.com/veterinary-care"><strong>Click here</a> to visit our main Veterinary Care page</strong> - learn more, see our upcoming clinic dates and locations, and make a reservation.</span>



Offering Preventative and Wellness Services

Our care extends beyond today as we also consider your pet’s future well-being. In conjunction with Vetco, we offer vaccination and wellness services in our convenient locations.

Click here to visit our main Veterinary Care page - learn more, see our upcoming clinic dates and locations, and make a reservation.

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<br><br>Creating Pet-Centric and Pet-Friendly Environments<br><br>  <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Dr. Sharon Davis DVM, our Veterinarian Consultant, works closely with Best Friends on an advisory basis.<br><br> She provides valuable insight and feedback on our business impacting best practices and protocols to ensure our pets are being well cared for and safely handled. As an active veterinarian in Massachusetts, she enables us to remain current on pet care and her expertise is sought for developments to our business. <a href="https://www.bestfriendspetcare.com/news-tips/veterinarian-dr-sharon-davis-dvm" target="blank">Visit this link</a> to learn more about Dr. Sharon Davis.</span>
<br><br>Creating Pet-Centric and Pet-Friendly Environments<br><br>  <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Dr. Sharon Davis DVM, our Veterinarian Consultant, works closely with Best Friends on an advisory basis.<br><br> She provides valuable insight and feedback on our business impacting best practices and protocols to ensure our pets are being well cared for and safely handled. As an active veterinarian in Massachusetts, she enables us to remain current on pet care and her expertise is sought for developments to our business. <a href="https://www.bestfriendspetcare.com/news-tips/veterinarian-dr-sharon-davis-dvm" target="blank">Visit this link</a> to learn more about Dr. Sharon Davis.</span>
<br><br>Creating Pet-Centric and Pet-Friendly Environments<br><br>  <span style="font-size: 22px; font-weight: 500;">Dr. Sharon Davis DVM, our Veterinarian Consultant, works closely with Best Friends on an advisory basis.<br><br> She provides valuable insight and feedback on our business impacting best practices and protocols to ensure our pets are being well cared for and safely handled. As an active veterinarian in Massachusetts, she enables us to remain current on pet care and her expertise is sought for developments to our business. <a href="https://www.bestfriendspetcare.com/news-tips/veterinarian-dr-sharon-davis-dvm" target="blank">Visit this link</a> to learn more about Dr. Sharon Davis.</span>



Creating Pet-Centric and Pet-Friendly Environments

Dr. Sharon Davis DVM, our Veterinarian Consultant, works closely with Best Friends on an advisory basis.

She provides valuable insight and feedback on our business impacting best practices and protocols to ensure our pets are being well cared for and safely handled. As an active veterinarian in Massachusetts, she enables us to remain current on pet care and her expertise is sought for developments to our business. Visit this link to learn more about Dr. Sharon Davis.

Click here to visit our main Veterinary Care page

*Best Friends Veterinary Group® is a registered servicemark of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.

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