Call (812) 523-CARE (2273) TODAY
to schedule your reservation(s).
At St. Francis Pet Hospital, we love your pet(s) too! We realize that you can't always take your pet(s) with you when you leave home, and we strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment they can recognize as their "home away from home." We treat every pet as though he/she was our very own!
Our team members specialize in providing the kind of individual care that helps your pet(s) to adapt to and enjoy their temporary environment. We understand that most cats and dogs thrive on their daily routine and so we make every effort to imitate their routine during their stay at St. Francis Pet Hospital. In addition, we closely monitor your pet's food and water consumption, weight, eliminations, attitude, and behavior during their stay.
Should we observe any changes that may indicate that your pet is in need of medical attention, our medical staff will assess and provide what ever additional care may be needed. You can enjoy your time away from home, confident with the knowledge that your pet is receiving the best of care during their stay.
Cats are boarded in their own private area, where they can relax away from all the activity. Their quiet surroundings allow them to enjoy a "cat nap," a long scratch behind the ear, and all of the attention given to them by our team members.
Reservations can be made by calling or stopping by our hospital anytime during regular hospital office hours. Call (812) 523-2273 and one of our team members will be glad to assist you in making arrangements for your pet(s).
We are proud to have a very popular and busy pet suite facility. To be sure of obtaining space during weekends and holidays remember to call well in advance. Availability is on a "first come, first serve" basis. We fill up fast, so please call us as soon as you can!
Should your plans change and you need to cancel, PLEASE do this promptly to allow us to fill that space. Your help and cooperation is GREATLY APPRECIATED.
When it comes to the safety and well being of our guests and employees, St. Francis Pet Hospital practices thorough medical and safety policies.
- Vaccine requirements: All pets must be current on vaccinations. We require proof of vaccination by a licensed veterinarian prior to check-in for the following:
- Distemper and Parvo Virus
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
- Fecal Parasite Check
- Heartworm & Flea Preventative
- FELV - Leukemia (Outdoor Cats)
- Fecal Parasite Check
- Flea Preventative
If your pet(s) are not current on vaccines, we will be happy to administer vaccines while they are boarding. It should be noted however that vaccines are most effective when administered 7 - 10 days prior to exposure. If possible, it is best to have your pet vaccinated prior to their stay.
- Puppies MUST have completed all vaccines and boosters before they will be eligible for boarding.
- All pets must be free of any potentially contagious illness for a period of 21 days. Pets that have been coughing, sneezing, vomiting and/or have had diarrhea should be examined by a doctor and will not be eligible for boarding until fully recovered and cleared for their stay by one of our doctors.
- Recently adopted or new pets must have been examined by a doctor and cleared of any potentially contagious disease for a period of 21 days before they will be eligible for boarding.
- To be sure that we can accommodate your pet, all health, behavior, or special needs of potential boarders should be reported to our staff when reservations are made.
- On occasion, a situation may arise where we must contact our clients concerning their pet. Clients MUST leave an emergency contact name and number with us prior to leaving their pet in our care.
WHAT TO BRING
There are a number of items you may be considering to bring along with your pet to keep them comfortable and occupied.
Here are a few tips to help you decide what to pack:
We will not be able to check your pet in until we have a copy of your pet's most current vaccine records on file. If we don't have a current record of your pet's vaccines, make sure you bring them with you. If you have requested to have your records faxed to us, please call and confirm that we have received them before checking in.
If your pet is currently taking medication, please be sure to bring an adequate supply along. Make sure you bring the medication in its original container along with specific instructions on its administration. Please advise us if the dosing has changed or if the medication will need to be refilled while your pet is staying with us. We will be happy to refill a medication, with a doctor's approval, if the medication was originally supplied by our pharmacy. If the medication needs to be refilled by another pharmacy, you will want to have it refilled prior to check-in.
Food is included in your pet's rate for boarding. Though we are happy to provide food for your pet, you may choose to bring your pet's own food along for consistency. Even a small amount of stress can affect the gastrointestinal system of your pet and may result in diarrhea. This is not uncommon for "first time" or "anxious" boarders. If your pet is on a special diet of any type, you will want to bring your own food. We ask that you bring only the amount of food your pet is expected to eat during their stay. Your container/bag should be clearly marked with your pet's name, your name, and the name of the food. We will ask for specific feeding instructions when you check your pet in for their stay. Please make sure you notify us of any known food allergies.
Treats and Toys
Do your pet(s) look forward to treats and play time like ours do? You might want to include some in their bag. Please make sure that their name is clearly marked on all items to help prevent their loss. Here are a few tips to help you decide.
- Do they have a special time of day that they get their treat, or do they have to earn their treat with a trick? Let us know. We want to be as consistent as possible.
- Please, no rawhide chews. It's best that you give these at home when you can closely monitor your pet.
- Does your pet have a favorite toy you want to bring along? Some toys can be harmful if they can be shredded, broken into pieces, or swallowed. Please make sure you choose toys that are safe for your pet.
St. Francis Pet Hospital provides clean towels and blankets daily for bedding. In case of accidents in the suite, these are easiest to keep clean. While you may bring your pet's bed there are few tips you should keep in mind.
- We want to ensure that each pet has ample room for food, water and mobility in their pet suite. We can not accept beds that are too large for the individual suite reserved for your pet.
- Your pet's bed may not be washable. We strive to keep your pet's suite as clean as possible. We use disinfectants daily to prevent contamination, and we have limited ability to wash stuffed or padded beds. It's much more practical to use washable blankets and towels which we provide for every pet.
- For more specific advice concerning your pet's bedding, give us a call. We'll be glad to help.