What is Rover's position on requiring vaccinations for visiting daycare dogs and visiting boarding dogs?

asked 2019-01-19 19:39:15 -0500

Vaccinations such as rabies, kennel cough, tick/flea medication, etc.

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answered 2019-01-20 21:33:41 -0500

Rover sitters are independent contractors, and as such set their own requirements for proof of vaccination. Some will ask for proof, some won't. I am a single client sitter, so I don't require written proof. But I do ask clients if their dogs are either up to date on the vaccinations, or on titers if a limited vaccination schedule is followed. I also ask if they are receiving a flea control product.

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answered 2019-01-20 21:36:38 -0500

Rover is not involved in dog care. They are a platform, a 3rd party. The sitters are independent contractors. I am in Colorado, and the only vaccine that is mandatory in Colorado is rabies. So I do require a rabies vaccine because the state of Colorado demands it.

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answered 2019-01-24 06:34:45 -0500

It's up to you what you want to require from clients, but I would definitely at least ask whether their pup is up to date on vaccinations. Even if you only host one client at a time, an unvaccinated dog is still at risk of infection if it comes into contact with contagions on a walk (anything from other dogs to a contaminated puddle of water). I also make sure every dog that stays with me is on active flea treatment because ending up with fleas in your home becomes a huge hassle to deal with.

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I'm curious as to whether clients have ever lied about vaccinations. So far I've taken everyone's word on the matter. I would *think* anyone who forks over a chunk of change for boarding is the type of person that gets regular vet care for their pet.

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile image Cindy & Stephen G.  ( 2019-01-28 16:39:24 -0500 ) edit

Like you If customer said they were up to date on shots I accepted that. We only accept neutered/ spayed pets. Then it happened pet started bleeding rushed to vet had not been spayed nor up to date on shots. I now require copy of current shot records.

Mary G.'s profile image Mary G.  ( 2019-02-16 14:11:01 -0500 ) edit

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