In any environment where animals from different sources are gathered together, and where there are regular animal movements, the risk of spread of disease increases.
Where animal accommodation is in constant use, hygiene is critically important to prevent build up of organisms which can cause disease. Careful management of accommodation premises such as kennels and catteries, and protection of the health of animals which are boarding, is particularly important.
Specific legislation protects the health and welfare of animals in kennels and catteries:
Careful attention should be paid to design and fabric of boarding accommodation with respect to hygiene and disease avoidance or infection control:
All animals should be routinely vaccinated prior to entering the kennels/cattery.
Records should be kept of all animal movements, as these are particularly important to trace movement of disease if it occurs; and medicines given, as proof that animals were treated timely, legitimately and appropriately, in order to safeguard welfare.
Vets’ advice on preparing your pet for holiday care is provided by the PDSA.
Protection of health and welfare guidance for animals kept for breeding:
Protection of health and welfare guidance for animals sold in pet shops: