Required Vaccinations

Proof of the following Vaccinations are required and given at least 10 days prior to your dogs or cats arrival at Ruffin’ Inn.
Please bring a current copy of your pets vaccinations from your veterinarian for our records.

Dog Vaccinations


1 or 3-yr. vaccine required

*Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus & Parainfluenza


Required every 12 months, however, we recommend every 6 months & at least 14 days prior to check-in to ensure maximum efficiency & protection against Kennel Cough

Please note: many veterinarians administer this vaccine only by request and it is not part of a yearly physical.


1 or 3-yr. vaccine required. Puppies under 6 months we will make an exception, please verify this first with staff!

Canine Influenza

Not required, but highly recommended to help protect against Canine Influenza respiratory illness.  Canine Influenza was introduced in Chicago in 2015 when dogs from Korea arrived infected with this virus. Symptoms may be the same as Kennel cough. Dogs that may benefit from canine influenza vaccination include those that receive the Bordetella vaccine, because the risk groups are similar. Consult your veterinarian for more advice, but we do highly recommend this vaccine for all our guests.

Fecal check

A yearly test for fecal parasites done by your vet is required prior to being boarded.

Cat Vaccinations


1 or 3-yr. vaccine required

*Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopenia


1 or 3-yr. vaccine required

Fleas & Ticks for all guests

In addition to vaccinations, all pets should be flea and tick free, with a yearly negative fecal parasitic worm test. We do recommend all pets be treated monthly with a flea and tick product.

Canine guests with signs of fleas and/or ticks will be treated at the pet owners expense prior to check-in.

Unfortunately, feline guests with signs of fleas and/or ticks will not be permitted to check-in at the Lodge.

All guest who show signs of illness upon arrival will not be allowed to stay.

If your pet becomes sick or shows signs of illness while staying at Ruffin’ Inn, know we will contact you immediately!