What vaccinations do my pets need before visiting Vail Doggie Day Spa?
Distemper, Rabies and Bordetella
Please have your veterinarian fax your pet's shot records to us as soon as you make your reservation. Pets will not be accepted until proof of vaccinations has been provided. Click here to get our fax number and contact information.
I am interested in bringing my dog to Vail Doggie Day Spa, what do I need to do?
The first step would be to review the requirements. There are no exceptions. This is the first step in determining if our facility is the right fit for your dog.
We also highly recommend that if your dog has not been to Vail Doggie Day Spa before that she comes in for a free 1 hour temperment evaluation. During this time we want to make sure that she will get along well with other dogs and the Vail Doggie Day Spa staff. While this step is not required, if you do skip it, we have the right to turn your dog away due to endangerment of the other dogs and staff.
This may seem like an extensive process. Our clients consider their dogs as family members; we do too. Our number one priority is to create and maintain a safe, enjoyable, and loving environment for all of our guests; therefore, these measures are necessary.
Do I need an appointment for daycare?
No. Once your dog has passed the aggression evaluation (see previous question), an appointment is not necessary for daycare. We are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Tuesday is the only day we are NOT open for Daycare.
Should I bring my own food for boarding?
Vail Doggie Day Spa can supply food for a charge as a last resort. However, we do ask that you bring the food that your dog is used to so that he does not get an upset stomach. We will follow your regular feeding instructions at no additional charge.
Can I bring my dog's bed or blanket?
Yes, you may bring your dog's bed or blanket for boarding. We encourage you to bring anything that will make your pooch feel more at home.
How many times a day will my dog go outside?
We take dogs out for walks every three hours to help ensure there are no accidents inside. This can mean that your dog will get up to 5 chances a day to go outside.
Do you administer medications?
Yes, we administer most medications according to your veterinarian's instructions free of charge. However, we can not administer intramuscular or intravenous shots.
I have two dogs boarding together. Will you feed them separately?
Yes, we will feed your dogs separately according to your instructions. Let us know when you drop your dogs off how you would like them fed.
Does Vail Doggie Day Spa have a veterinarian?
If veterinary attention is required we will use your current veterinarian. If your vet is closed or not local, we will use our regular veterinarian, Dr. Susan Klein of Alpine Meadows Animal Clinic or the Vail Valley Emergency Vet. Unfortunately, we do not have a veterinarian on staff.
My dog does not get along with other dogs and does not like people. Will you still let me board him?
Unfortunately, we can not accept dogs that show any signs of excessive aggression. While we do care about your dog individually, we can not endanger the other dogs or our staff.
How do you accommodate small dogs?
At Vail Doggie Day Spa we love dogs of all sizes and understand the intimidation factor of larger dogs. This is why we have three separate play areas to allow alike dogs to play together. Some small dogs don't care about their size difference and want to play with the big guys. Our trained staff can determine where your dogs best belong.
How often should I bring my dog to daycare?
Most of our doggie guests visit twice per week -- some more frequently, and some less frequently. The one thing that we do recommend is that your dog comes at least once a month to stay in tune with the environment. We find that if dogs do not visit frequently, they often are resettling into the group dynamics every visit, which is not ideal for them or the other dogs.