Cary & Raleigh Doggy Day Care

DaycareOur doggy day camp is a win-win for both you and your pup. While our doggy day care is certainly open to all dogs in all situations, we especially recommend considering it if any of the following apply:

  • My dog exhibits destructive behavior when left alone
  • My dog shows signs of separation anxiety
  • I am away from home for more than 9 hours at a time
  • My dog is high energy
  • I have an irregular schedule and can’t plan on being home to let my dog out
  • My dog needs help with socialization
  • The drop-off and pick-up times other daycares offer will not work for me

If you can relate to one or more of the above situations, we strongly recommend that you give our doggy day care service a try. Our flexibility and experience are unmatched in the area, and since we are a fully-functional animal hospital, you can trust that your furry family member is in highly-qualified hands all day long!

If your pup is having socialization issues and does not know how to play well with other dogs, that’s okay! Our well-trained staff will work with them during one-on-one play sessions until they are ready to be placed in a play group.

What is Doggy Day Care?

DayCampYou are welcome to drop your pup off at one of our Raleigh or Cary locations at any time during the day. You may choose to do a full day (morning through evening) or half day session (morning through lunchtime or lunchtime through evening). Pickup times vary depending on the location’s hours. Extended client care evening hours offered at most locations for convenient later pickup.

We take the extra time and effort to place dogs in appropriate play groups according to age, size, energy and personality. This ensures that the dogs will enjoy safe constructive and, most importantly, fun playtime. We also have experienced staff that will keep a watchful eye on the dogs, giving them one-on-one fun and TLC.

Your pup will have a blast chasing balls, playing with toys, splashing in our pool, romping with pals and more! In between each hour-long play session, we give the dogs some time inside to relax and rehydrate. If you have any food or medication that you would like us to give your pet, we are more than happy to administer it.

Although the recommended age for your dog to be spayed or neuter varies, for the safety of all of the pets here we require them to be spayed or neutered by 9 months old to continue to enjoy camp. Your dog may continue to come for individual play time with a member of our team until they are spayed or neutered.

Please contact us for pricing information on our affordable doggy day care services. If you have questions regarding our doggy day care, give one of our locations a call and our friendly staff can further assist you.

Get Started With Our Doggy Day Care Today!

With Care First, you can rest assured that your dog will be given plenty of love and play time during their day camp visit with us. And, as a full-service animal hospital & emergency vet, your furry friend will be in well-qualified hands. We recommend that you call ahead to schedule day camp sessions, but we do accept walk-ins on days that aren’t too busy.

Doggy Day Care Professional Care

From playtime to emergency meds, your pet will have it all!

At Care First Animal Hospital, we’re proud to be your go-to source for expert care during doggy day care. Our entire staff is dedicated to the well-being of your furry friend, which is why we offer a fun and exciting experience filled with plenty of play and rest time.

Vets & Professional Caretakers on Staff

Because our day care facility is located in our animal hospital, we have the resources to take care of your pet if and when an emergency comes up. 

What are we capable of? 

  • Our vets are able to provide all veterinary services while your pet is at day care instead of having to schedule a separate time to come in for an appointment. 
  • If your pet gets sick or has an emergency while they’re at day care, there’s a vet on staff who can see your pet immediately.
  • Our caretakers are professionally trained and are able to identify and work with common dog behavior patterns like separation anxiety and socialization. They are also trained to spot common ailments that our vets can treat immediately.

Dog Safety

We keep watchful eyes on your pet throughout day care and are always watching out for:

  • Allergies 
  • Bites, wounds and cuts
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fleas and Ticks
  • Foot injuries 
  • Heartworms and worms
  • Hot spots
  • First aid 
  • Sick or pained behavior 
  • Vomiting 

As a unique benefit of bringing your dog to the vet’s office for day care, if we see behavior that relates to any of these ailments above, we’ll take immediate action. We’re proud to have knowledgeable and experienced vets on staff that are ready to help at any sign of an emergency. 

Can you give my dog medication if necessary?

Yes, we can provide any and all medication – and no extra charges will be associated with it. 

We’ll See You at Day Care!

We spend time giving your pet plenty of love and attention, while properly socializing them with other animals. No need to worry about the unexpected, our full-service animal hospital is ready for anything that comes our way. Make sure to call ahead and schedule your day care, we’ll see you soon!

Care First’s Play Facility

A chance for pups to play all day!

The compassionate animal care technicians at Care First understand the importance of giving your dog the opportunity to stretch their legs and socialize with others during the day. Our play facility is tailored to meet the needs of your pup, no matter if they’re a social butterfly or would rather play solo.

Play Facility Features

Dip PoolWe’re proud to offer your dog a clean, and safe, place to play. Our play facility includes amenities like:

  • An abundance of toys
  • Plenty of turf space to run around in
  • Gates for safety
  • Shallow pools to cool down in during the summer
  • Plenty of stations for water
  • And more!

Typical Schedule

An average day at Care First’s Doggy Day Camp is anything but average. Each day is filled with time to run around and socialize with dogs of similar size or temperament. Our facility always has veterinarians on staff or on call so each and every pet is well taken care of in case of an emergency. Pups that come spend the day with us get two, hour-long play sessions, while those who are with us half of a day get one play session.


If your pet is uncomfortable socializing, we happily offer i-plays, or individual plays, where your dog can enjoy his or herself under the supervision of one of our experienced animal care technicians. These solo play sessions give your dog a chance to be by themselves, stress-free.

What Makes Us Different From Regular Kennels?

We’re unique from a regular kennel because we have veterinarians on staff or on call at all times to help with any emergencies that may arise. If your dog needs to be treated while they are with us, we can also schedule appointments for them to be seen during the day when you drop them off with us for Day Camp or boarding.

Book Your Pet for Doggy Daycare

Care First’s play facility is fully equipped to give your dog a fun experience with endless toys and plenty of space to run. If you’re ready to save your spot with us, feel free to give your nearest Care First location a call!

Doggy Day Care Add-Ons

We go above and beyond for your pet

Not only is Doggy Day Care an opportunity for your furry friends to socialize and play, but it’s also a one-stop-shop for your pup’s grooming, training, vaccination needs and more. Care First is proud to offer you incredible convenience through our day care programs for your active and busy lifestyle. It’s as easy as just dropping your pet off in the morning–we’ll take care of the rest!

What additional services are offered when someone drops their dog off for day care?

When you check your dog in for day care, you also have the opportunity to have them bathed, groomed, taken in for a doctor visit or vaccinations, or more! We provide all regular veterinary services to any dog at our regular cost.

At Care First we’re happy to offer you the following services at an additional cost:

Book Your Pet’s Stay Today!

We’re excited for your furry friend to join us for doggy day care! Contact us today or stop by any of our locations, to schedule their play time with us. We’ll happily take walk-ins on days that we aren’t too busy.

What should I do to prepare my dog?

Nothing in particular! However, if the dog is nervous or has any other medical issues, be sure to make us aware of them. Make sure they are up to date on all services or we can update everything while they stay with us.