Pet Medical Boarding Service

Anacapa Animal Hospital is here to care for your pets medical needs when you are away! The same veterinary assistants who care for our hospitalized animals also care for our medical boarding guests. Our veterinary assistants are trained to recognize changes in your pet’s appetite and attitude, and they work hard to keep pets clean, comfortable and happy during their stay. We focus on boarding pets who have ongoing medical problems or who need medication and observation. With our veterinary staff right at hand, we are always able to provide medical care for your pet when right when it’s needed.

To schedule medical boarding for your dog or cat, please call: (805) 644-5521

You can also save time by downloading our PDF Boarding Form ahead of time.

Our Boarding Facility

We recently remodeled our kennel facility with your pet’s comfort in mind. Our glass-front runs have a surprisingly calming effect on dogs boarding in our facility. In addition to their frequent walks (long ones too!) and glass-front runs, our skylights throughout the facility ensure that your pet will feel at home with natural lighting. Our feline boarding guests are kept in a separate CAT- ONLY ward for their comfort and safety.

Boarding guests are welcome to bring toys or blankets; however, we provide clean, comfortable bedding and toys for our boarding guests that are selected for their specific needs.

Below are policies related to boarding at our facility. These policies were written to ensure the safety and health of your pet. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions that are not answered clearly on this website.

Check-in/ Check-out Times

Check-in time: Anytime during normal business hours
Check-out time: 12 noon

Medical Boarders are released ONLY during our normal office hours. We will NOT release a pet before or after our normal office hours or on days when we are closed (i.e. Sundays & Holidays). If you have requested to have your pet bathed at the end of their stay, please pick your pet up after 4pm to allow for adequate drying time.

Vaccine Requirements

For the health and safety of all of our patients, we require that your pet be current for the following core vaccines.


  • DA2PP (DHPP) – Distemper/Parvo*
  • Rabies*
  • Bordatella (within the last 6 months)


  • FVRCP*
  • Rabies* (outdoor cats)

* Must have been given within the last 3 years for adults and within the last 12 months if less than 2 years.

Flea Preventative

In order to maintain a flea-free environment for all of our guests, all pets that arrive for medical boarding are inspected for evidence of flea infestation. If your pet is found to have fleas, it will be treated at your expense with CAPSTAR®.

CAPSTAR® (nitenpyram) is remarkably safe and starts working in just 30 minutes. In studies, over 90% of fleas are gone within 4 hours for dogs and 6 hours for cats after being treated with CAPSTAR® Tablets. CAPSTAR® is safe for puppies and kittens 4 weeks and older, weighing 2 pounds or greater, as well as for pregnant or nursing dogs and cats.

If you prefer, you may also choose to drop your pet off with a flea preventative of your choice or purchase an individual dose at our clinic.

Remember to make your boarding reservation early during the holidays! Call: (805) 644-5521