You may bring your pets own bedding, toys, or bowls if you desire. We do provided bedding and bowls and even have toys if you let us know your pets can have toys. Please let us know if your pet has a habit to eat bedding or toys as it is our desire to keep them safe and cozy during their stay.
Drop-off and pick-up is between 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
To save time, please complete your boarding form ahead of time. You may complete the form online or download, print, and bring it with you the day of your boarding drop-off.
Your pet's home away from home.
Before your pet stays with us, we have just a few requirements:
Your pet needs to be current on his/her standard of care items. These can be performed at TCAH or a veterinary facility of your choice as long as documentation is provided by a veterinarian or shelter PRIOR to drop off. This is both for the safety of your pets and others staying in our facility.
Below is a list of Items that are recommended for your pet’s care and why. As always, every item is optional as this is your right as a pet owner, but listed below are recommended treatments/preventions and explanations of why they are important. Trophy Club Animal Hospital is an animal hospital first and foremost. We do offer boarding and grooming services for our patients and community but will not compromise the standard of care required to keep patients in our facility, therefore some of these items are NOT optional if you’d like your pet to stay at our facility.
What is my pet due for, at what schedule, and what do those items mean?
Annual Fecal Analysis
This test is recommended annually to ensure your pet is not carrying/shedding intestinal parasites. For our boarding, grooming, and drop off patients this test is REQUIRED annually to ensure your pet is not carrying/shedding intestinal parasite eggs. This test is to protect your pet, family, and yard. It is important for us to ensure our yard is a safe place for animals to urinate and defecate without the risks of incurring intestinal parasites. We require an annual negative fecal test (whether performed at TCAH or at your veterinarian) in order for your pet to stay in our facilities.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends deworming every 6-12 months for common intestinal parasites that can be infectious to humans despite a negative fecal analysis; because eggs may not be shedding at the time the bowel movement occurred. 25% of all fecal analysis are false negatives because intestinal parasites are not constantly shedding eggs. When a patient’s fecal test is negative, we administer an affordable, broad spectrum, dewormer ($15). If the test reveals specific parasites, we will alter our deworming recommendations based on your pets’ needs.
DAPP Vaccination (Canine)
This is the distemper, parvo, parainfluenza vaccination. This vaccination is necessary to protect your pet from common canine specific viruses. This vaccination is NOT always required on an annual basis. If an animal is boostered appropriately at a young age, this vaccination can/will be labeled as a 3-year vaccination.
Rabies Vaccination (Canine and Feline)
This vaccination is required by law. It also can be labeled as a 3-year vaccination pending it was boostered appropriately as directed by the state law.
Bordetella Vaccination (Canine)
This vaccination is to protect against major infection from kennel cough. Bordetella is commonly recommended and required as a 6-month vaccination at several local boarding and grooming facilities. This vaccination is only required on an annual basis at TCAH because there is minimal, to no scientific, proof of the need to vaccinate for kennel cough more than annually at this time. We can label this as a 6-month vaccination for clients that request this level of reminder so they are prepared if they board their pets elsewhere. The vaccination will not hurt your pet being administered every 6 months, but it is not medically necessary according to recent studies and is an unnecessary expense in our medical opinion.
Leptospirosis Vaccination (Canine)
This is a vaccination to protect your pet from leptospirosis. It is recommended annually once boostered appropriately. Leptospirosis causes kidney and liver failure and can be fatal. Leptospirosis is a common infectious organism found around Lake Grapevine. This vaccination is REQUIRED for all drop-off patients at Trophy Club Animal Hospital because it is a prevalent infectious organism in our area. Leptospirosis is spread via urine. Leptospirosis is carried in the urine of our local wildlife and can cause infection in our pets, as well as, humans. We have had a human infected with leptospirosis in the Trophy Club area this past year. We require our drop off patients to be protected with this vaccination as we would like all pets protected from leptospirosis that live in this area; but, also desire to ensure our yard is NEVER infected with leptospirosis for the protection of both our employees and patients.
Veterinary-Prescribed Flea Medication
Adequate flea control is important for several reasons. Fleas can carry diseases. The most common disease is Bartonella (aka-cat scratch fever). Bartonella is infectious to people and the infection occurs when the person gets flea feces in a cut or wound (commonly a cat scratch). Flea control is also important as flea bite hypersensitivity is the cause for 85% of all allergic skin disease in our canine/feline patients. All animals that board, are hospitalized, or groomed at Trophy Club Animal Hospital are required to be current on flea prevention. This is to prevent your pet from coming to or leaving our hospital with fleas. If your pet is not on veterinary-prescribed flea prevention, we do offer a capstar pill that will kill all fleas for 24 hours on your pet for $3.95 to ensure it does not take home fleas or bring them into our facility if they are staying for the day.
Annual Heartworm Test
This is NOT required in order to drop off, groom, or board your pet at TCAH, but is required for canines to refill heartworm prevention annually. The American Heartworm Society recommends annual heartworm testing in all canine patients to allow monitoring for infection, and safely keep them on heartworm preventions. Up to 90% of all canines off heartworm prevention in warmer areas of Texas are positive for heartworm disease.
Monthly Heartworm Prevention or Protection
This is NOT required in order to drop off, groom, or board your patient at TCAH. Heartworm prevention can come in several different varieties. At TCAH, we have two oral forms, a topical form (primarily only recommended for our feline patients), and a 6-month injection. Each form of heartworm prevention protects patients from heartworm disease well, but they each carry different benefits (ie-some intestinal parasite protection, some flea sterilization, some convenience of the injection and not having to keep up with it on a monthly basis). Please ask about options so we can discuss which type is best for your pet and family’s needs.
FRCP "Feline Distemper" Vaccine (Feline)
This vaccination is to protect our feline patients against feline panleukopenia (feline parvovirus) and other common infectious viruses that can be transmitted by people’s hands or clothing to feline patients. FRCP can and should be scheduled on a 3-year basis pending appropriate boosters are performed and your pets’ exposure is limited.
Feline Leukemia Vaccination (Feline)
This vaccination is to protect our feline patients against FeLV (Feline Leukemia), which is a common infectious disease in cats. Feline Leukemia cannot be cured once the feline is infected. Felv is spread via saliva, feces, milk, or urine from an infected cat. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends Felv on an annual basis for any indoor/outdoor kitties but can be administered less frequently for those that are kept indoors. Trophy Club Animal Hospital recommends FELV vaccination every 2-3 years for our indoor only kitties depending on age and exposure risks.
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