Safety Tips

Dog Safety Tips:


  •  DA2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) protects against some of the most severe diseases that a dog can be exposed to.
  • The Rabies virus is fatal in all mammals, including humans, which is why it is a vital vaccination for your pets.
  • The Bordetella infection causes a severe upper respiratory infection and should not just be limited to dogs that visit boarding facilities or dog parks. It is an airborne exposure that poses a threat to all dogs.

Additional Dog Vaccinations (Case by case basis):

  • Leptospirosis – a disease contracted by urine of infected animals, it can be spread to humans.  Can be fatal if not treated before organs are effected. Vaccine does not cover all types of the disease.
  • Lyme Disease – Transmitted to dogs through the bite of a tick. Keeps the blood from clotting, liquid and smooth. Once in the blood stream, it is carried to many parts of the dog’s body. It is especially likely to localize in joints.
  • Rattle Snake Bite Vaccine – This vaccine is designed to help the dog develop antibodies in response to the appearance of rattlesnake venom in the body. These antibodies can result in less pain and tissue damage in the area of the bite, more time to get to a veterinary clinic after a bite, and potentially less need for antivenin and other treatment. Rattle Snake Bite is fatal unless treated.

Common Dangers

  • Heating Sources:  Pets may enjoy cozying up near the fireplace to bask in the warmth, but this activity is dangerous because of the exposure to flames and increased temperatures that can potentially burn their skin.  In addition, pet parents need to be extra cautious when exposing their furry friends to electric blankets and space heaters because these electrical items can become toxic or harmful.
  • Winter Plants:  Although they look pretty, many holiday plants can be poisonous to pets.  Mistletoe, Poinsettias, Holly and Christmas Cactus are all extremely toxic and can cause severe gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and neurologic effects if ingested.  Christmas trees are also hazardous because not only are the pine needles poisonous, but also because of the bacteria and fertilizer harbored in the water stands (which pets are known to drink).  Additionally, decorations such as tinsel can also be very noxious if consumed.
  • Festive Foods:  Meats (turkey and others), grapes, Chocolate and other are a serious danger to your pet’s. 

 Transporting and Training

Train your pet to be in a cage or carrier. Make sure the cage/carrier fits in your car.

  • Have your contact info in your kit and on top of your carrier
  • Have a cage for each animal. Pets that normally get along may become stressed or aggressive during an emergency. Caging them separately will keep them from injuring each other.
  • Have a good carrier for each animal; the carrier should be big enough for your animal to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Train your animal to be on a leash / harness / or in a cage.
  • Train your dog: obedience-trained dogs respond better to commands and will be easier to handle in emergency situations.

Emergency kit

  • (1) Animal Emergency ID
  • (1) Dog First Aid Card- medication card
  • (1) Dog Food (2 to 3day supply)
  • (2) Light sticks
  • (1) Flea Comb
  • (1) Hypothermia Blanket
  • (1) Medication Pill Box
  • (1) Pet first aid kit, Hand Sanitizer and First Aid Book
  • (10) Poop Bags
  • (2) Portable Collapsible Bowls
  • (1) Slip-Lead Leash
  • (1) Waterproof Document Pouch
  • (6) Water bottles (2 to 3day supply)

Be Proactive

Don’t wait until the last minute to get ready! Here are things you should do when a disaster strikes:

  • Call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for you and your pets.
  • Check your disaster supplies; be ready to vacate at a moment’s notice.
  • Bring all pets into the home and confine them (you don’t want to search for them if you have to leave quickly).
  • Make sure all pets are wearing collars that are securely fastened with up-to-date identification.
  • Make sure each pet carrier has up-to-date identification and contact information, including information on your temporary shelter location.

The circumstances and nature of the emergency will inform the first important decision: whether you stay put or evacuate. Understand and plan for both possibilities