Pet Boarding FAQs

Pet Boarding FAQs

Dr. Barb Rush, a 1980 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, started Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C in Johnston in March of 1992.  Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. offers many advantages that a boarding facility alone may not. Our staff of veterinarian professionals will supervise your pet and give them human contact and love. Anytime a pet is in an unfamiliar environment they experience some level of anxiety. Dr. Rush and Alicia Pichler possess Fear Free Veterinary care certifications and use Fear Free strategies to make the visit less stressful.

pet getting ready to get boarded

Why should you board your pet at a veterinarian clinic?

There are many advantages to boarding your pet:

  • Young pets can develop socialization skills by interacting with our staff and the other pets staying with us.
  • You will have peace of mind knowing that your pet is happy and safe.
  • A veterinarian can provide routine vaccinations and medical care during your pet’s visit.
  • We can accommodate your pet’s special dietary and medical needs.
  • We provide your pet with a consistent schedule of daily, supervised exercise, one-on-one play time and quiet time at the end of the day.
  • Most importantly, your pet will receive love from the members of the Rush Animal Care Clinic.

Why is it essential to board your pet when you are gone?

Traveling, hosting guests, renovating your home, or spending time in a hospital are just a few of the reasons you might need to board your pet. Unexpected absences are stressful for your pet. Infrequent visits from a friend or neighbor do little to relieve the stress and anxiety your pet experiences when you are away. We can provide constant care and companionship that will alleviate that stress.

How can I prepare my pet for boarding?

If this is your pet’s first experience with boarding bring them for a short overnight visit to help them get used to the environment. An overnight stay will also help to reassure your pet that you will return.

Your pet’s vaccinations must be current. We require that your dog get a vaccination against Bordetella (Kennel cough) at least 72 hours before being boarded, if they have never received this vaccine prior.  We will require that your pet have had a negative stool check for intestinal parasites within the past 12 months.  

Can I take a tour?

You should be able to tour any facility at any time. We invite you to meet our staff and visit our state of the art pet boarding facility. We maintain a clean and sanitary environment for your pet. Our friendly staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.

 Schedule an Appointment With Our Local Veterinarian Today

Schedule an appointment with Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. in Johnston, IA for pet boarding as early as possible to ensure your pet gets a spot. Summer and school vacation times are our busiest times – our pet boarding facility fills up quickly. Call us at (515) 270-2240.


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