Going on a trip? We understand how hard it can be to leave your precious pets when you go away – especially if they have a medical condition. We want to assure you that we will take care of your furry loved ones as if they were our own. Traveling can cause enough stress and anxiety – you don’t want to worry about whether your pet is being well cared for. We offer a convenient solution by providing boarding in our safe, clean, and comfortable environment.

Prior to their stay

If you’re planning on boarding your pet, we require that they be fully vaccinated and recommend that they be on a flea and tick preventatives. If you cannot provide proof of these vaccinations, we can do them prior to or during your pets stay with us.

Dog requirements: All dogs must be current on rabies, distemper/ parvo, bordetella, and influenza. All dogs must have a negative fecal sample within the last 6 months prior to boarding.
Cat requirements: All cats must be current on their rabies and distemper vaccines as well as having had a fecal exam done in the last 6 months.

During their stay


  • We can accommodate larger dog breeds in our spacious kennels, as well as provide the smaller dog with a roomy cage. All runs / cages receive plenty of sunlight, are climate controlled, and sanitized daily.
  • All cats are housed in a separate area of the hospital away from the noisy barking dogs. Cats are housed in spacious “cat condos” with room to roam from one level to another.

Exercise: All dogs are individually leash-walked outside in our fenced-in grassy area for exercise a minimum of 2 -3 times per day.

Diet: We feed science diet sensitive stomach twice daily as our regular kennel food. If you choose to bring your own food from home, please make sure that it is labeled in a sealable container.

Medications: The benefit of boarding at an animal hospital is that our trained animal caretakers are highly qualified to care for your pet, including administering medications such as insulin or pills. Please make sure that all medications are clearly labeled with instructions regarding dose and frequency.

Monitoring: The staff at West Orange Animal Hospital are highly trained and experienced to care for your pet as well as identify and report any problems or concerns to the attending doctors – such as decreased appetite, vomiting, loose stool, etc. If the doctor feels that treatment is necessary, you will be contacted by phone and any additional treatments will first be authorized. If we are unable to contact you and the doctor believes your pet has a serious condition that requires treatment, your pet will be treated and normal fees will be charged. It is very important that you leave an emergency contact number so that we may reach you. Please note that we do not provide overnight care or monitoring.

Pampering: Does your pet need a nail trim, anal gland expression or bath? Please let us know at the time of drop-off so that we can arrange for your furry friend to be dolled up and pampered before going home!

We take great pride in our attention to cleanliness and in providing the highest quality care to each pet that stays with us. If you are concerned about boarding your pets, please do not hesitate to set up a time to visit our hospital and tour our new boarding facilities. We can also discuss our boarding policies and answer any questions or address any concerns you may have!