Belair Veterinary Hospital

15511 Hall Road
Bowie, MD 20721-3038

(301)249-5200

belairveterinaryhospital.com

BOARDING POLICIES


Boarding services are available at Belair Veterinary Hospital.  Reservations are required.  Please call ahead to reserve kennel facilities as soon as you know the dates you will require for your pet.

We require all pets to be up-to-date on vaccines: rabies and distemper for cats; rabies, distemper/parvo, bordetella (kennel cough) and canine influenza for dogs.  If you check in without your pet's vaccine history in the form of veterinary records, your pet will be placed in our isolation ward for an additional fee per night until the vaccines can be verified. Or the vaccines can be administered by one of our veterinarians. In addition, all pets must be free of parasites, internal (as evidenced by a negative fecal exam) and external (on monthly flea and tick preventative). If your pet is found to have fleas, a flea control product will be administered and you will be charged.

Our climate controlled facilities are divided into wards to allow a level of privacy for sensitive pets as well as our hospitalized animals. All dogs are individually leash walked 3 times a day. More walks can be given for an additional fee. Cats, due to their nature, must remain in their cages for the duration of their stay.

BVH feeds the kenneled pets Hill's Science Diet Adult food. Clients are encouraged to bring their own food, especially for sensitive pets and puppies. An abrupt change in diet may cause intestinal upset. All food should be labeled with your pet's name. Please try to bring only the amount of food necessary.

Baths are available at the end of your pet's stay. You must request a bath. If your pet stays 6 nights or longer, the bath is free. If the boarding is less than 6 nights there is a fee based on the pet's weight.  (Baths are not grooming. For pets requiring grooming [hair cuts, brushing], appointments can be scheduled with our groomers. There is a separate fee for grooming.) Baths are given on the last day of boarding (except Saturdays - if your pet is scheduled to go home on Saturday, the bath will be given on Friday).  If your pet is getting bathed, we ask that you pick up after 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. If you need to pick up earlier, inform our staff at check in and arrangements can be made for the bath to be done the day before. If you need to shorten your pet's stay and pick up earlier than the date originally reserved, please call to let us know. If a bath is to be given, you must call before 11:00 am.

Clients may bring beds, blankets and/or a toy from home to give their pet something familiar during their stay. It is not required. All items must be labeled with permanent marker. Due to the possibility of chewing or soiling, BVH will not be held responsible for the loss or destruction of any items left with pets during boarding and cannot guarantee their return.  Please don't bring anything you can't bear to lose.

Pets can be dropped off or picked up during regular business hours: Monday 8:00 am til 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday 8:00 am til 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am til 1:00 pm. There are no pick ups or drop offs on Sundays or holidays.

If your pet's stay needs to be extended, please call us.  Any boarding extended beyond the reservation date without notice will be charged overtime (1.5 times the nightly boarding rate) for each night over.

Boarding can be stressful for some pets. They are in unfamiliar surroundings, often for the first time. Day to day hospital activities contribute to disrupting your pet's normal routine. This kind of stress can cause some pets to not eat in their usual manner, lose sleep, chew/destroy bedding or toys, or possibly develop diarrhea. All of these situations are closely monitored. One advantage of boarding at Belair Veterinary Hospital is your pet has a staff of veterinarians available to diagnose and treat any problems or issues that may come up during their stay.

Every effort will be made to reach you at your contact number before any treatment plan is begun. However, our first priority is always the health and safety of your pet.

We thank you for entrusting us with the care of your "family member" while you are away. Please feel free to contact us at any time regarding your pet's visit.