Necessary Pet Vaccinations for Dogs

Pet vaccinations for dogs are essential for the health and survival of  your dog and other dogs coming in contact with your pet.

Many people treat their canine friends with the same love and affection that they do their human friends. It is because of this that many individuals take very good care of them. There are core vaccines and those that are not required but may be an option for owners.

Pet Vaccines Required by Law and Local Authorities

One of the dog vaccinations that is really required by law in most parts of the world is for rabies. This helps to control the spread of this vicious disease. It is almost always transmitted by the bite of an animal and can affect humans and any other warm blooded animals. The disease causes the victim’s brain to swell, sometimes called acute encephalitis. An animal or human that has been bitten by an infected individual will eventually die if it is not administered before the more severe symptoms manifest. The actual rabies vaccine used to be administered to warm blooded pets every year but a more recently developed type has extended the duration to three years.

Canine distemper is another disease that requires pet vaccinations for dogs. There are other types that are also focused on cats and ferrets. Young puppies and older dogs are susceptible to this sickness. It is viral and attacks the central nervous system of the animal. Puppies have a higher mortality rate than any other age group because their immune system is not fully developed yet. Authorities are concerned with the spread of canine distemper among other warm blooded animals because it tends to mutate into a different strain that affects particular mammals.

The parvo virus is a severe form of sickness that is lethal to many dogs. This is transmitted from one individual to another through indirect or direct contact with infected feces. Puppies that do not have a fully developed immune system tends to succumb to this and so do full grown dogs. It manifests in two forms, intestinal and cardiac forms. In the former, severe dysentery and vomiting is experienced by the dog. The latter form is more silent causing cardiovascular or respiratory failure in the animal. This disease does not affect humans and other mammals. If left untreatedScience Articles, chances are high that the animal will die. It is important that pet vaccinations for this disease be given to your dog because it its highly lethal and contagious even in those which have been treated and have survived it. Puppies are given the vaccine as soon as the maternal immunity wears off. It is given in a series of months and then a booster is administered after a few years.

These are just a few of the lawfully required pet vaccinations for dogs in the United States of America. There are many others that need to be administered at the convenience and preferences of the owner.

First Aid Kit For Your Pets – Emergency Preparedness

Are you ready to care for your dog if you have to evacuate in a moments’ notice?

We’ve had some deadly weather events around the country .. hasn’t it made you wonder what you would do in the event of an emergency?

How many of us have essential survival kits for our pets? If you had to leave your home quickly – what would you do? Have these items on hand and you’ve got one less thing to worry about in the event of a disaster.

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

  1. Enough bottled water for at least a week.
  2. Dog / Cat Food – Canned food or pouches regardless if you feed raw or not.  Canned food or pouches have a higher water content, so it will reduce the amount of the water your dog will need. Remember the can opener in your kit. If you feed your dog only dry food they’ll need more water than if you feed canned food.
  3. Proof of ownership and vaccinations, vet records and ID tags. We keep our dogs’ paperwork in a pocket in his carrier at all times.
  4. Harness, leash – slip lead style for panicked dogs – collar, extra bowls, portable bowls
  5. Place your pets carrier so its easily accessible at all times.
  6. If your dog takes any medications, keep them in one easy to find and handy-to-grab place.
  7. Your Contact List – Veterinarian, Family, Friends
  8. Toys, blankets, beds and anything that keeps your pet happy.

Include the following essentials in your dogs first aid kit:

  • Commercial muzzle or strip of fabric 24-36” long (to prevent biting in case of pain)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3% USP (to induce vomiting under Veterinarians’s guidance only) This product expires so check dates & replace as needed. If opened, replace in one month – always speak to a veterinarian professional before using this method to indue vomiting.
  • Oral Syringe
  • Tweezers or needle nose pliers
  • Sterile saline eye & wound wash – replace annually or after 30 days if opened
  •  Epsom salts (to make larger batch of saline solution to rinse wounds – 2 t. per qt.)
  •  Pediatric digital rectal thermometer and water-based lubricant
  •  Pop-top can of low/no-salt, water-packed sardines/salmon/tuna (dilute juice to make flavored water to hydrate pet, or mix with hydrogen peroxide when vomiting if indicated by veterinarian advice only)
  • Wound care items: Hand sanitizer / non-latex disposable gloves
  • Antiseptic solution, such as Betadine Co-flex cohesive bandage roll (also known as Vet Wrap)
  • Antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin
  • Conforming gauze roll 4 x 4 gauze pads/ non-stick bandages
  • Non-scented sanitary pad or cotton washcloths (for heavily bleeding wounds)
  • Clean cotton sock/t-shirt (for quick-wrapping wounds)
  • First aid adhesive tape
  • Grooming clippers
  • Blunt scissors
  • Heavy scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Styptic powder (Kwik Stop) for bleeding toenails
  • Keep a blanket/large towel, fresh water, treats and dish in your car
  • Cold packs
  • Dawn dish washing liquid

Keep in mind you shouldn’t induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide without speaking with a veterinarian professional first. In some situations, it’s not appropriate to induce vomiting at home – speak with a professional before you attempt this procedure. 

Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680 or visit the pet poison helpline.

According to the American Animal Hospital Assoc., 25% more pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique were applied prior to getting emergency vet care.

Hopefully, you’ll never need an emergency kit for your pets, but in case of disaster it’s always better to be prepared.

Flea Control for Dogs

Fleas are the most common external parasite of pets in North America. Fleas are small wingless insects that use their specialized mouth to pierce the skin and siphon blood from their host. When a flea bites, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent the blood from coagulating. Some animals become sensitized to flea saliva and animals that are allergic can have severe itching and scratching from a single bite. Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common disease among dogs.

Current flea control products are primarily either oral or topical systemic treatments. Most of the products may be used for prevention as well as to treat existing flea problems. One group of products control fleas by interrupting their development by killing or stopping the maturation of flea larvae and eggs. These drugs are called Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). One common oral product used is lufenuron which is found in the Program® line of products which are administered orally in tablet or liquid form. Methoprene and pyriproxifen are also IGRs that are available as sprays or collars. The FDA shares regulation of these products with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Because even the same products from other countries have not been approved by these agencies, it is illegal to purchase or import these products for use in the United States.

Currently the most popular flea control products kill adult fleas (adulticide), are applied topically and work rapidly. Popular topical products utilize fipronil which is the key ingredient in Frontline® Top Spot and imidacloprid which is in Advantage®. The most popular product on the market, Frontline Plus®, utilizes both an adulticide and an IGR. An oral adulticide that is also available is nitenpyram which is in Capstar® and begins to kill fleas in 30 minutes. Frontline Plus also kills ticks which makes it the most popular product where ongoing tick protection is required.

Consult with your veterinarian to determine which flea and tick control products are best for you. The choice of flea control will depend on your climate, environment, your pet’s activities, and potential for exposure. However, with consistent use, it is almost always possible to control your flea problem. Using these products throughout the year typically will eliminate the need for regular insecticidal use. The following provide additional summary information on selected popular products.

Program from Novartis®

Program is available as a once a month pill or oral liquid suspension to be given with a full meal. Adult fleas that ingest Program’s key ingredient, lufenuron, produce sterile eggs. Program does not kill adult fleas so pets remain susceptible to fleas hatching and maturing pupa already present in the environment. Therefore, some time may pass before the all fleas are killed in an environment. In order to stop the life cycle, every animal in the environment must receive lufenuron. Pets should also be sprayed with an adulticide during the first week or two of starting Program.

Advantage from Bayer®

Advantage is applied topically on both dogs and cats and seems to be very well-tolerated by sensitive cats. Advantage kills fleas within 24 hours and 100% protection can be maintained for cats for 21 days and 90% protection can be maintained for dogs for 28 days. Advantage is susceptible to washing off so dogs that are active outdoors and dogs that swim or must be bathed frequently should be re-treated frequently. Up to weekly re-treatment is allowed. The imidacloprid in Advantage does not effect ticks, but K-9Advantix, with permethrin does. K9 Advantix is only labeled for once a month K9 Advantix is ONLY FOR USE WITH DOGS and MUST NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO CATS.

Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus And Frontline Top Spot from Merial®

Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus, and Frontline Top Spot comprise the market leading Frontline flea control product line. The fipronil in Frontline products is a broad spectrum insecticide available as a spray or topical. Fipronil works by binding chemically to the pet’s hair and is absorbed through the follicle by the sebaceous glands. As a spray, fipronil kills fleas at 95% for over 80 days after application on dogs and for 1 month with biweekly bathing. Frontline is labeled for puppies and kittens as young as 8 weeks (10 weeks for Top Spot) and it is not washed off by bathing. Frontline is also affective against ticks. Some cats may show minor adverse reactions with high volume use of the alcohol based spray product which should be applied no more than once a month. Frontline Plus also contains the IGR, S-methoprene which inhibits the growth of immature fleas.

Capstar from Novartis®

Capstar is an oral tablet for dogs and cats that may be administered as young as 4 weeks of age. It offers extremely rapid and complete killing of adult fleas and is safe enough that the tablets may be used whenever fleas are seen on your pet as often as once per day. Capstar may be used in combination with an IGR to kill fleas immediately to compliment the long-term control of an IGR such as Program.

Pet Safety During the Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

Summer’s hot weather means that your family and your pets will probably be spending more time outdoors in the yard. The new season can also bring along dangers for our pets, here are some tips to help your family pets stay safe this summer.

Everyday Garden Plants and Flowers

Warm weather puts everyone in the mood to plant pretty flowers in the yard or garden. However, many species of plants and flowers are poisonous to pets. And plant pesticides can also be deadly for your pets. Also make sure to check the labels of gardening products you purchase for pet safety, or use organic pesticides and fertilizer in your garden.

Some of the more common flowers that are poisonous include: Amaryllis, Azalea, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Daffodils, Easter cactus, Hyacinth, Lilies, Narcissus, Oleander, and Tulips. Even your pet birds can become ill from chewing on a Lilly.  List of Plants Toxic to Your Pet >


Just like humans, pets can get allergies too so keep an eye out for itchy skin irritations, ear infections, loss of hair, or a runny nose and sneezing. Also pets with pink noses can be sensitive to the sun, requiring sun screen if they are outdoors for long periods of time. Make sure to check with your veterinarian.

Safe Outdoor Areas

If your dogs are outside a lot, turn the lights on for them at night. Older dogs and cats can begin to get blind so they need light, just like people, to see better in darkness.

Check to see if there are any buckets or toys, like wagons, that could collect water. Remove all “standing water” and turn these items upside down. Make sure that you change the water often in all ponds or pools.

Holes in the yard should be filled. Check around your barbecue and make sure gasoline, kerosene, or propane is sealed in tamper proof containers away from fire area. Also, the last thing anyone wants is for a pet to escape through a hole in the fence, and get hit by a car – so check fences often to prevent this.

Family members should be prepared for emergencies so have your vet’s number handy for everyone to locate, including housekeepers and babysitters.

Dog Safe Halloween

How Much Fun Is Halloween For Your Dog?

Kids and Halloween just go together, but not so much with our furry buddies. Dogs and stress go together like fire and water and I’m sure you don’t want your dog stressed this, or any other, holiday season.

No Candy for Doggie!

According to the ASPCA, dogs are more likely to suffer from poisoning and burns on Halloween than any other time of the year!:( Of course, you don’t want your furkid harmed due to negligence or cruelty .. here are some tips to keep in mind this Halloween season:

  • Keep your dog inside and away from all the commotion on Halloween!
  • Any open door is a potential for escape. Keep tags and collar on your dog during the trick or treating time, especially. Keep a baby gate in front of your door so your fur baby can’t run off with the trick or treaters!
  • Keep all forms of candy, and their wrappers, out of your dog’s reach.
  • Candy, especially Chocolate, is toxic for dogs. They just can’t digest it, keep your dog’s own treats on hand if she/he is feeling left out.
  • Keep decorations away from puppies’ reach, particularly electrical cords. Take care with rubber bands in costumes and chewable pieces from toys and all those scrumptious smelling wrappers.
  • Be nice to black cats.
  • If a costume comes with a face mask, don’t use it. Dogs usually aren’t too happy with having one wrapped around their face, getting fur tangled in the rubber bands.

Have a fun filled, and safe, Halloween!


Pet Food and Veterinary Assistance

Need Help With Vet Bills or Pet Food? 

Because our pets are a life-long commitment, it’s not unheard of for a dog or cat mom or dad to face a financial hardship at some point in the life of their fur-kids.

We can all agree that before bringing an animal into your heart and home, it’s important to be prepared for the financial responsibilities – veterinary care, quality food and treats, preventative measures, etc. – that come along with pet parenthood. However, over the course of that 15-20+ year commitment, things happen. Jobs are lost, injuries or accidents make it impossible to work, economies take a hit.

Unfortunately, in many cases of financial hardship, it’s the family pet that suffers.

Follow the link below if you need help with pet food or vet costs, as there are always alternatives!

Dog Boarding In Home

Private Home Dog Boarding

When you hate to leave your dog in doggy jail, surrounded by barking and stressed out anxious dogs, we can help you!

We provide a unique alternative to traditional dog boarding in our own calm and traditional home – where your dog can keep to a routine he or she is used to while away from family and home.

Your dog will feel safe, comfortable and loved, lots of TLC included with private in-home dog boarding. We treat your dog just like he/she is a member of our family, eliminating most of your fur-baby’s stress and anxiety! Your dog will have fun and have his own holiday!

How In Home Dog Boarding Works

Call, email or contact me and we’ll set up an initial consultation, a Meet and Greet, in my home.

We take special care in giving your dog the love, care and attention he, or she, is used to having. Receiving lots of love, petting, playing in a large fenced in backyard, a cushion-y and comfortable place to sleep ~ and your dog will eat the food and snacks you bring, not the kennel provided dog food at the times and pace dictated by the kennel.

If you want your dog crated for the night, for training and/or to keep to a routine, just bring it with you.

Private Home Dog Boarding Whitesboro NY
Rosie’s parents brought her crate to place in our playpen – the same as what she’s used to at home.

Boarding dogs in a kennel environment is harsh and intolerable for some dogs, unless they are very accustomed to being in a kennel and you started putting them in a kennel at a very young age. Dogs become stressed out the same as you and me, and putting your dog into boarding kennels can be very traumatic for them. A dog’s brain is comparatively developed to a toddler’s mentality. Any dog can, to some extent or another, become distressed and upset being left in a new environment.

Even calm and friendly dogs, dogs not easily agitated, can become very stressed out when placed in a new surrounding, enduring a change of diet and house routines. Hard on dogs being put into a kennel where they are unfamiliar with the environment, surrounded by new smells and many other dogs – and probably dealing with barking and howling for very long periods of time. Kennel boarding can stress a dog out to the point that he seems like a different dog when you bring them home.

Skip the Cages and Kennel and treat your beloved dog to private home dog boarding today!
This little one, Teddy, preferred to nap and relax in the playpen, and his preferences are pillows, blankets and much loved toys to snuggle with!
Skip the Cages and Kennel and treat your beloved dog to private home dog boarding today!
These 2 lovelies happily chose the couch!



  1. It’s required that all dog(s) be up to date on vaccinations and rabies shot, and you’ll need to bring a copy of your dog’s vet records during the stay.
  2. Your dog(s) must be current on flea treatment.
  3. A signed veterinarian release must be on file ~ Please download and print the Veterinarian Release Form prior to your pet’s stay.
  4. Your dog should be friendly towards other dogs and people and have no aggressive tendencies towards either.
  5. A Meet and Greet is essential to determine whether we are all a good fit.
  6. Your dog has to be Tiny, Small and/or Medium Size Breeds – up to 40 lbs.