6301 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315
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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(closed noon - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday)
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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Doggy Day Care: Positive, Safe, Fun!


South Des Moines Veterinary Center offers doggy day care service for your four-legged companions. Our goal is to provide a positive, safe, fun, and stimulating environment for your dog. We are not a typical doggy day care setting where a large number of animals are given “free roam” all day. Our day care is catered to your individual dog’s needs. We work together to reinforce the training and good behaviors you are working on at home.

For the health and safety of all of the pets in our care, we require all vaccinations be current.

Each doggy day care session includes:

  • Individualized scheduled playtimes throughout the day
  • Regular potty breaks outside
  • Tasty treats
  • Group socialization playtime with other dogs after behavioral evaluation from our veterinary team
  • Daily report card
  • Grooming services can be added for an additional fee

When multiple dogs are in attendance, group socialization and playtime with other dogs is closely supervised. All dogs are introduced to each other in a well-controlled environment. We strive to make doggy day care an enjoyable experience for all of the dogs in our care. Check out our day care pictures on Facebook—the doggies will make you smile!

Benefits of Doggy Day Care

Dog day care is great for a new puppy to help with housetraining and socialization with people and other animals. It reinforces to your pet that a trip to the vet does not have to be stressful. It instills that the veterinary center is a safe, fun environment. It’s also a great program for new patients—to help them adjust, feel comfortable, and to minimize the stress of a new environment. One of the bonuses of doggy day care is a tired pet at the end of the day, and tired dogs are usually better behaved dogs at home! Even if your pet is a “regular” here and just needs a change of scenery, doggy day care is a great option.

We have limited openings available; please contact us to learn more. Day care is provided Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.