What Shots do Dogs Need for Boarding

If you're thinking of boarding your dog there are a few things you need to know first. Today, the Mamaroneck vets will discuss boarding your dog and what shots they will need beforehand.

Boarding Your Dog

If you're planning on traveling or just need a place for your dog for a few days, boarding with Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital may be the right choice for you. Boarding your dog can be difficult for you and your dog, especially if you've never boarded your dog before. If you're nervous about how your dog will react, there are a few ways to make the transition easier for everyone. 

  • Positive and fast drop off -- It's important not to cry or act sad in front of your dog because they feed off of your emotions. Also, making the drop-off quick will allow you to hold back those emotions.
  • Pack familiar items -- You might want to bring in your dog's bed, a favorite blanket, or a few toys to make them more comfortable.
  • Social training -- If your dog isn't used to being around a lot of other dogs all at once, then you might want to consider having socialization training done before the boarding date. This type of training will help familiarize your pup with other dogs, making the transition into boarding much easier. 
  • Updating all required/recommended vaccinations -- At Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital vets require your dog to have these vaccinations listed below.

Vaccination Requirements

Once a dog is out of puppy-hood and has received his or her initial series of puppy shots, these are the subsequently required vaccinations:


Most adult dogs get a 3-year booster shot for rabies and, given the seriousness of the disease, it’s mandatory for dogs staying at Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital to be up to date on this vaccination.

Bordetella (a.k.a. Kennel Cough)

This highly contagious respiratory ailment is common to run-of-the-bill dog-boarding facilities.  At Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital does everything possible to prevent its presence here and so requires that all guests receive a Bordetella vaccination less than 6 months before a stay.

DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, and Parainfluenza)

This is a combination shot that vaccinates against four diseases. Because different veterinarians have different names for this shot, the best thing to do is verify that the shot protects against Distemper and Parvo.

It’s common for adult dogs to receive a 3-year booster shot for DHPP. For puppies, the DHPP vaccination should be current in the last year.

Titer Test (if a dog is not going to be vaccinated for DHPP)

The Vaccine Titer Test tells whether a dog is likely to be protected against the most common infectious canine diseases.

We will accept a Titer Test administered within the past year if a dog is not going to be vaccinated for DHPP.

A Titer Test for puppies is done once the puppy's vaccinations are complete and he or she is ready for booster shots.


This treatment should be current.

If your dog needs any of these shots contact Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital vets today!