Paws Awhile Pet Motel Vaccination Policies


For the safety of your pet(s) and ALL the animals in our care, we REQUIRE proof of specific vaccines. We require the vaccines to be given a minimum of 14 days before boarding, daycare, or grooming.


  • Rabies (required)
  • Distemper Series (required)
  • Bordetella* (required) – We REQUIRE the Bordetella vaccine to be GIVEN EVERY SIX (6) MONTHS. We prefer the intra-nasal version of the vaccine to be given because it mounts an immune response faster.
  • Canine Influenza (required) – This is a two (2) series vaccine. The first one is given, and then two (2) to four (4) weeks later the second one is given. If necessary, we will board the dog between the first and second injections.


  • Rabies (required)
  • Feline Distemper Series (required)
  • Feline Leukemia – All cats must test negative for Feline Leukemia/FIV.
    If your cat stays indoors and has not come into contact with other cats, you only need to provide proof of their first negative Feline Leukemia test.
    If your cat goes outside unescorted, you must provide proof of their negative Feline Leukemia test and they must have been vaccinated continuously since the test. If there was a lapse in their vaccine history, they need to be re-tested and re-vaccinated.

Please send vaccination records to us as soon as the pet is up-to-date. You may have your veterinarian send the records or you may send them yourself. Send them via email to, fax to 540-351-6072, or upload them to the client portal.

*Bordetella (CIRDC) is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection which is usually mild and self-limiting. It is often described as the common cold for dogs. Just as when children go to daycare, they are exposed to many different germs, it is the same for dogs. Like the cold in humans, for most dogs, Bordetella is a mild illness. For the old, the very young and those with heart or lung issues or a compromised immune system, it can turn into something more serious. Some studies show if the Bordetella vaccine is given every 6 months, it covers more strains of the Bordetella virus/bacteria. With more frequent vaccinations, if a dog is exposed to one of the CIRDC virus/bacteria, the symptoms may not be as serious.

In order to help protect all the dogs in our care, we require each dog to have Bordetella and Canine Influenza vaccines up to date two weeks before boarding or daycare.

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