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.

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pets

To Spay and Neuter, or Not To?

Top 9 reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered:

  • Your female pet will live a longer life

Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  • Prevents cancer in your male pet

Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat – the surgical removal of the testicles – prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

  • The female spayed pet won’t go into heat

While cycles can vary greatly, female cats usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to get mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently – sometimes all over the house. Not to mention the actions they perform which can be quite upsetting and unsettling thing to see from your precious baby! Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.

  • Your male pet will stay home

An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male dogs.

  • Your male pet will be much better behaved

Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. (He may do this anyway as you’re probably already aware!) And, a neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog – and many aggression issues can be avoided by early neutering.

  • Spaying and neutering doesn’t mean your pet will get fat!

Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds – not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  • Spaying and neutering stops costly accidents

The cost of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered male cat escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet or wood floors that your unspayed female is messing all over.

  • Spay / Neuter cuts down on animal over-population

Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Contact an organization in your area for spay/neuter programs, or speak with your Veterinarian.

  1. Oneida County: Stevens-Swan Humane Society offers rabies and spay/neuter programs for cats – Get More information here >
  2. Mohawk Hudson Humane Society >
  3. Search for a Spay/Neuter Clinic near You – Search Now

Pet Sitting and Home Dog Boarding, What Are the Differences?

What is Pet Sitting and Home Dog Boarding? And, what is the difference?

You need to go out of town for your work or business, go on vacation, attend a wedding or go to your family reunion. One of your biggest concerns is: who is going to care for my dog? Who is going to feed your pet, and what about the litter box? Who is going to take the dog out to attend to business and get some exercise and play time?

Will your dog really do better in a caged run next to other dogs? What about at night when no one is around? Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety and fearful when not with his family?

Commercial boarding or pet sitting and home dog boarding – which is the least stressful for all concerned?

Home Dog Boarding

In the past, commercial boarding was the only solution for pet owners needing to leave their pets.  Fortunately for them, and us, cold concrete and steel runs with sterile steel cages in a rather depressing environment are no longer the standards.

Stress is the biggest problem with boarding pets in the traditional commercial kennel facility.

The personal attention home dog boarding provides reduces your pets’ stress

I provide a fun and friendly environment for your dog with the personal care and attention that a commercial dog kennel just isn’t able to provide. Your dog is given the same amount of love and care as I do for my own.


In home dog boarding provides a normal, natural environment with lots of love. We have a fenced, spacious backyard but your dog is not left unattended and is always accompanied by me to play, exercise and attend to needs.


Pet Sitting and Drop In Visits

Pet Stay Today offers two types of pet sitting:

  1. I come to your home 2-3 times daily to feed, allow potty time, exercise and playtime for your dog. If requested, I will water the plants, bring in the mail and packages, rotate curtains/lights, and take out the garbage.
  2. I can come to your home when your pet absolutely cannot leave the home and needs overnight companionship and medication.
  3. I only travel 3 miles from zip code 13492 in Whitesboro, NY – this is a limited service provided within this radius.

Having a pet sitter come and go also has the unexpected added advantage of providing a live-in appearance when no one is home. Mail and newspaper collections eliminate away-from-home signals to potential thieves. A pet sitter creates near normal household activity that discourages possible risks when leaving a house unoccupied.

So, Which is Better – Commercial Boarding or Pet Sitting and Home Dog Boarding?

To me the obvious choice is pet sitting and home dog boarding! It is as close to a normal environment for the pets as possible, eliminates a great deal of stress for your pet and you, and is also great insurance against crime. It is my personal choice for my own dog.

Pet Stay Today is a Proud Member NAPPS

Pet Parents can get valuable information and resources from NAPPS, too! Click here for the -> NAPPS website and choose the heading “Pet Parents”.

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