Boarding at Pickens Animal Hospital: Medical Requirements Effective January 1, 2016

January 5, 2016 — News — Pickens Animal Hospital @ 12:41 am

At PAH, we take pride in providing clean and comfortable boarding facilities for your companion animal while you are away from home. Equally important is ensuring the health and safety of both the boarding pets and our staff members.

The following requirements were established for the protection of the health and safety of all pets in our facility and our pet care staff. Following these guidelines also minimizes the chance of your pet being exposed to serious, life threatening diseases while staying with us.

Boarding is available only for our client’s healthy pets. Any pets that are ill or ailing are considered hospitalization cases and are accepted only after consultation with and approval by one of our veterinarians.


  • Annual Wellness Exam at Pickens Animal Hospital
  • Annual Vaccinations: Rabies & CVRC (Either administered at PAH or documented by a Certificate of Vaccination from a licensed D.V.M.)



  • Annual Wellness Exam at Pickens Animal Hospital
  • Annual Vaccinations: Rabies, DHPP & Bordetella (Either administered at PAH or documented by a Certificate of Vaccination from a licensed D.V.M.)
  • Annual Intestinal Parasite Exam (minimum 3 days before boarding drop-off)
  • Current on monthly heartworm preventative documented in patient record or by proof of purchase


Note: Any boarding pet found to have fleas and/or ticks will be treated at the owner’s expense.

No intact female pets will be boarded during their heat cycle.


Boarding Your Pet Over the Holiday

December 15, 2014 — News — Pickens Animal Hospital @ 8:20 pm

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Getting ready to go away for the holidays can be stressful. If you are going to be boarding your pet, here are some things to think about to make your getaway a bit smoother:

1. Check to be sure your pet is current on required vaccines. Although at P.A.H., we can update vaccines when your pet checks in for boarding, it is better for your pet’s health to have vaccines at least several days before boarding to allow immunity to develop.

2. We will be happy to print out vaccination records for you, but it’s always better to call ahead.

3. Even if a boarding facility does not require it, it is always a good idea to have a check-up by the veterinarian beforehand, especially if your pet is elderly or has a chronic medical condition.

4. Verify times for drop-off and pick-up. Holiday hours may vary.

5. Make a list of medications your pet takes and bring prescriptions in their original containers.

6. If your pet is on a special diet, pack and label clearly enough food for their stay. Disposable plastic containers or “Ziploc” bags labeled with permanent markers are best.

7. Be ready to provide phone numbers and emergency contact information.

8. Ask how any health issues that arise while you’re away will be handled. (If you are boarding at P.A.H., you can print out and complete our Boarding Treatment Information and Permission Form ahead of time here)

Welcome to our new blog!

December 10, 2014 — Events, News, Pet Health Education — Pickens Admin @ 4:28 pm

We’ve incorporated a brand new blog into our website and can’t wait to bring you articles, news, and specials on a weekly and monthly basis!

Check back soon as we plan to update this consistently!