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Dog Boarding

At VCA Irvine University Park Animal Hospitals, we take very seriously the trust you demonstrate by boarding your dog in our care. And while there is “no place like home,” it is our sincere purpose to provide a safe, comfortable, and caring environment for your dog while in our care. Clients should feel confident that our boarding procedures are of the highest quality and that your dog is attended to by trained, experienced, kennel staff and qualified Veterinarians seven days a week.

View our video about our kennel attendants below.

Please call us for reservations in advance at either of our two conveniently located Irvine locations! Make Your Reservation Now!

Our Kennel Policies and Procedures

  • All dogs and are walked and held a minimum of twice per day by staff members to ensure warm and caring human contact.
  • All kennels are cleaned a minimum of twice a day – including sanitizing, change of towels, fresh food and water, etc.
  • All boarding dogs are monitored continually throughout the day by trained staff. Staff members monitor all body functions and are trained to alert Veterinarians to potential problems such as poor appetite, depression, lethargy, skin irritations, eye or other abnormal health problems.
  • All boarding dogs are fed Hill's Science Diet Food. Unless otherwise directed by clients or Veterinarians, only dry food is used to ensure firm stool and prevent gastrointestinal problems. Clients are welcome to bring regular food from home.
  • Should any dog become ill while boarding, IVS reserves the right to treat your pet authorized by you at admittance.
  • By entrusting the health of your dog to us, we consider treatment our responsibility in your absence. Please be sure to leave us an emergency contact number we will make every attempt to contact you prior to any treatment.
  • At no extra charge, every pet at admittance receives a complete physical examination by Veterinary Technician supervised by a Veterinarian. You will receive an examination sheet with any care recommendations at pick-up.
  • We will be happy to care for convalescing dogs or dogs on medication at a minimal charge assessed daily.
  • For boarding stays longer than two days, IVS highly recommends a bath or groom prior to pickup. Any boarding pet in containment for even short periods of time tends to soil faster. You and your pet will be much happier at pickup after a bath!
  • When you pickup your pet we will thoroughly review your pets progress during his/her boarding stay.
  • Please keep in mind that dogs, like humans, need time to adjust to boarding “vacations” both during and following boarding. If your pet’s behavior is abnormal at pickup or when he/she returns home, let us know. We’d be happy to treat your pet for any concern and wish only to return your pet to you in good health.

In order to protect the health of your dog and ensure the health of other hospitalized or boarding dogs we require that the following vaccines be up to date:

  • DHP
  • Parvo
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies

At admittance, please take the time to help us complete the boarding admittance form that records any past or current health problems, sensitive areas, or current treatment. By knowing any pet behavior problems or home routines we can make your pet’s stay with us as stress free and pleasant as possible!

Many clients enjoy calling us during vacations and out-of-town trips. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll give you an update on how your pet is doing!

Please call us for reservations in advance at either of our two conveniently located Irvine locations!

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