SSSL0308 We are happy to offer medical boarding for pets that require special medical attention (for example separation anxiety among others). Our highly trained and experienced staff is well equipped to provide the best care possible for your pet.

Each unit is one of a kind and with the fear-free concept in mind. Our facilities are also kept clean and with your pet’s comfort in mind. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands when they are boarding with us. They are walked 3 times a day around the Publix Shopping Center promoting exercise and reducing the anxiety that being away from their parents might bring. We even play calming music for them while they are resting comfortable.
To learn more about our medical boarding services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you might have. And we would be more that glad to give you a tour around the hospital and the boarding facility.

Boarding Requirements


12 weeks of age or older and must have had at least Rabies, DAPP (2 rounds) and Bordetella.

Proof of a current physical exam (*not older than 6 months) and the following vaccinations is required when boarding your pet(s) at Del Mar Veterinary Hospital:


Distemper (or Distemper-combo vaccine, such as FVRCP)


Distemper (or Distemper-combo vaccine, such as DAP, also meant for Adenovirus and Parvovirus)
Bordatella (“Kennel Cough”)

To protect the health of our guests, we do require that pets be current on vaccinations and free of internal and external parasites (current fecal test). For new patients/clients, a physical exam is also required ( a courtesy health screen is performed on each guest by a member of our hospital’s staff.

*Sorry, but we do not board female dogs or cats who are in heat.

If your pet is cared for by a veterinarian outside of Del Mar Veterinary,  a copy of your pet’s vaccination history must be provided. Please have your veterinarian fax your pet’s history to us at (904) 717-7979, or email it to Should any vaccines be due, they will be administered following the physical exam by our veterinarian, and your invoice will be adjusted accordingly. Should a diagnostic examination, or an examination for a specific problem, be requested by the owner, a veterinarian examination fee will be added to the account as well.

What to Bring

Please be sure to label all personal items with your pet’s name and your last name.

  • Vaccine and any other pertinent medical records (if performed elsewhere).
  • Your pet’s regular food (and treats!) if they are on a special or prescription diet, have any food sensitivities, or may otherwise do best with their food. Otherwise we feed a standard diet (bland low residue diet for dogs, chicken and rice diet for cats – both available in canned or dry formulation). A variety of prescription diets may also be available for purchase.
  • Your harness, and advise us whether your dog requires harness walks ONLY. Also, please let us know whether your dog is used to having the harness on at all times, or if it should be removed between walks. (Please note: Del Mar Veterinary Hospital is not responsible for failure of owner-provided equipment.)
  • Your pet’s medications and/or supplements as well as instructions on how these are to be administered during their boarding stay. *Please note there is an additional fee for medication/supplement administration. 
  • A well-loved toy, but preferably not your pet’s favorite, as it may be misplaced during daily bedding changes. Anything that smells like home, such as a worn t-shirt, can be comforting for your companion while they’re away from their home and people!

What NOT to Bring

  • Pet beds, pillows or favorite blankets. We have a bounty of comfy bedding, and using our own will prevent your favorites from being misplaced in the laundry during daily bedding changes.
  • Rawhides, Greenies or other chewy treats, as these could be a potential choking hazard.
  • Bowls, as we have stainless steel bowls available that we sterilize between uses.

Additional Services

Del Mar Veterinary Hospital offers more than just daycare! Please inquire about the following:

  • Grooming
  • Canine Therapeutic Massage
  • Annual Exam
  • Vaccines
  • Microchipping
  • Annual Heartworm and other tests.