Pet vaccinations can be a confusing subject matter for new pet parents. In fact, it can be confusing for experienced pet parents!

However, in layman’s terms, pets that aren’t fully vaccinated cannot enter our grounds. This refusal is NOT personal but is simply one that helps us to protect your pet from serious illnesses.

Underpinning our Vaccination policies you will find the Victorian Code of Practice for Boarding Establishments

It is important to note that we will acquiesce to your Veterinarian’s advice, regardless of what we say below. After all, they have their finger on the pulse of current vaccine affairs.

Vet advice trumps ours

Pet Vaccinations & Considerations

Boarding Kennel Rules

The MINIMUM vaccination requirement for Boarding Kennels is:

  • Dogs C5
  • Cats F3
  • Rabbits must have the Caliciviral vaccine.

The easiest way to receive the correct vaccine is to explain to your favourite veterinarian that your pet is about to holiday at a boarding establishment. The correct vaccine is sure to be administered if they understand your needs.

Veterinary Speak


As part of the admission procedure we require proof of pet vaccinations:

  1. PREFERRED METHOD: Upload a picture of the proof to your online account at here is a quick Youtube Clip to explain how.
  2. Take a picture and send it to 0458962000
  3. Ask your vet to email confirmation to
  4. Alternatively, show us the vaccination card/letter from your vet upon arrival (non-preferred method).

If we have a question about the information, we will call.

Plan Ahead 

Vaccinations can take between 12 & 14 days to become fully effective – so please check with your vet when pre-planning your boarding requirements.

Vaccines are easy to overlook. So please pop a reminder into a device.  After all, a timely vaccination program for your pet gives them a better chance of living a long, happy, and healthy life. Of course, this means more love & cuddles for you!

Reminders = healthier living

Is Vaccine Slightly Overdue?

If your pet’s vaccination is slightly overdue and you are desperate to pop them into a kennel, here is some information that might help:

  • Ask your vet to check your pet’s blood for antibodies.
  • Vaccine antibodies can remain in the body for longer than 12 months, and a blood test can determine if this is so.
  • If they (the antibodies) are still active, and a fresh vaccine is administered immediately, we can accept your pet for boarding.
  • We require confirmation details from your vet.


Dog Vaccinations

C5 Vaccination
(C = Canine, 5 = five components)

Weirdly, the C5 can be administered in a number of different combos which is why it is so important to keep your pet vaccination cards up-to-date and take them (along with your pet) to vet appointments.

Your vet will explain to you their preferred methodology.

This is a typical way (but not the only way) to deliver the C5 – as TWO separate vaccines.

Parainfluenza AND
Bordetella (Canine Cough*)
Ci2 or Bronchi-shield*
  • Yes, dogs receive a flu-type vaccine as part of the C5. However, same as humans, they may still come down with a cold. However, it is comforting to know that their immune system is better equipped to battle the deadlier strains.
  • **Some veterinarians are now using the triennial C3 vaccine. If so, an annual visit to your vet is still necessary for the Parainfluenza and Bordetella vaccine.

PUPPY Vaccinations

It is essential that your Veterinarian understands that you want to send your young dog to a Kennels to either board or play. They will guide you through the best age for your pet to enter our facility.

In saying that, we understand our facility well and prefer that:

  • daycare pups are at least 14 weeks of age, and
  • boarding pups are a minimum of 16 weeks.
  • If your pup is attending NBKC training lessons, we will reconsider this policy.

Generally, Puppy vaccinations follow this pattern:

Vaccination Age (in Weeks) Can they go to a Boarding Kennel?
C36 to 8No, too young. Their immune system is at risk.
C510 to 12Yes, 10 to 14 days AFTER Vaccine
14 weeks* minimum for DAYCARE
16 weeks* minimum for BOARDING
*Developmentally we find these ages best for our environment.
*Consideration will be given to pups enrolled in training lessons with us.
C3 Booster14 to 16Yes, however, double-check with your vet. A local outbreak of disease may affect this advice.
Follow-up Vaccination6 months or 1 yearYour vet will write the due date on the vaccination card. Add the date to your ‘to-do list’.
Annual MaintenanceYearlyDon’t miss their annual vet appointment.


  • Remember, pups over the age of 8 to 12 months (breed dependent) must be de-sexed to stay or play. See the full information here.


Cat Vaccinations

F3 Vaccination
(F = Feline, 3 = 3 components)

The F3 vaccination provides your cat with the best protection for the following feline:

  1. Enteritis,
  2. Rhinotracheitis and
  3. Calicivirus.

An F3 vaccination will provide maximum protection against Cat Flu and reduce the likelihood of contraction*.

*Much like humans, cats can, after receiving a flu shot, still succumb to cold or flu-like symptoms. This is because the vaccine simply cannot cover all strains of the virus.

Oh, when can kittens board?

Cats must be 3 months (12 weeks) old to board and play with us.

Worms & Fleas

  • We strongly encourage heartworm treatments for your pet.
  • All pets must be treated for gastrointestinal worms and fleas before admission. Of course, if you have forgotten, or are in doubt, we can provide this service for a small fee.
  • Some products are less effective than others. Please check with your veterinarian as to the best product for your pet.


We offer a play-n-vaccinate program on-site. To find out more please visit our play-n-vaccinate page.