Summer Safety Information

Summer protection

Protecting Paws In The Summer

If it is too hot for you to walk outside barefoot, it is too hot for your dog. Mushers Secret is a salve that can protect your dogs paws from burns and heat damage. Order from Smile.Amazon.Com here!

Fleas and Ticks

Summer is prime flea and tick season. It is important to replace your Saresto collars on schedule or to use a preventative medication like Frontline or a combo medication like Trifexis for fleas and heartworm.


Prevent dehydration by keeping your dog in a cool space and providing lots of fresh water. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, sunken eyes, and lethargy.

URGENT: H2N3 Vaccination Reminder

**** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***** SDWR Strongly urges all Service Dog clients to get the vaccination for canine influenza that is running wild currently throughout many states. More information can be found here THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL BREEDER HOSTS AND VOLUNTEER PUPPY RAISERS.( SDWR will be providing a FREE vaccination clinic for puppy raisers and breeder hosts in the VA, MD, PA NC area at a central location contact for more information ). There is a new vaccination out that covers both H3N2 and H3N8 – this will be a 2 shot series. If you are planning to coming to 4th on the farm , your dog must be vaccinated with both series to be permitted on Premises.

Dogs and Fireworks

Some dogs have no problem with the sight and sound of fireworks if they’ve been desensitized — hunting dogs, for example, grow used to the sounds and smells of hunting rifles and gun powder. Most dogs, however, are not used to these things, so the Fourth of July can be a particularly stressful holiday for dogs and their humans alike.

More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety. Keep a keen eye on your dog during the commotion, and make sure your pet is wearing proper

It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.

Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder. Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Dogs experience the world through their senses — nose, eyes, ears. The typical Fourth of July celebration can be overwhelming to them.

Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm, making for an easier holiday for both of you

1. Preparation

Arrange to have your dog in a place where there won’t be loud fireworks displays — a friend’s or relative’s home or a doggie day care with which your dog is familiar. If it’s an unfamiliar place for your dog, take him over there a few times in the days before the holiday so that it won’t be a surprise when you take him there on the Fourth.


2. Accommodation

If you cannot take your dog to a place away from fireworks, then have a travel kennel at home for her to feel safe in. if you’re not going to be home, have a friend or sitter there to keep your dog company and take her out to relieve herself every four hours.

3. Acclimation

The best way to prepare your dog for fireworks is to make sure he’s comfortable with the sound in advance. While this is a simple process, it can take time — possibly three or four months of playing the recorded sound of fireworks for your dog at an increasingly louder volume before he eats, before a walk, and before affection and play. This will condition him by association to hear the sound and interpret it as something good. While you can try this method over only a week or two, in such a short time span it should only be used in conjunction with one or more of the other tips. In any case, play the firework sounds.

4. Communication

If you are going to be with your dog during the fireworks, sending the calming message that they are nothing to worry about will also help him to relax. Remember, though, while humans communicate with words, dogs communicate with energy, and will look to their pack leader for clues on how they should behave. If you’re not making a big deal or showing excitement about the fireworks, then he will learn to be less concerned as well.

In all cases above, expend your dog’s excess energy first, before the fireworks start, by taking her on a very long walk to tire her out and put her in a calm state.

Most importantly, don’t think of this in terms of your dog as your child who is missing out on a great, fun time. That’s human guilt. Your dog won’t know what she’s missing. You’re being a good pack leader by not exposing her to a situation that will trigger her flight instinct in a negative way. When the booms and bangs of Independence Day are over, your dog will be grateful to you for having made it a less stressful experience!

Lyme Disease Vaccination

SDWR highly recommends that our clients provide their dogs with Lyme Disease Vaccinations. This is exceptionally important in the summer months when ticks are in high season. The ticks that carry Lyme disease are very small and can be difficult to find and remove, however. Complicating the decision of whether or not to vaccinate is the fact that many dogs who are exposed to Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria do not develop symptoms of Lyme disease. On the other hand, those that do can become very sick. Symptoms may include: Dogs that develop Lyme can become very sick. Symptoms may include: Swollen lymph nodes Fever Painful joints and muscles Lameness that can wax and wane and shift between legs Kidney disease in chronic cases Vaccination and Disease Prevention Several vaccines are available to help prevent disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease organism. An initial vaccination is followed by a booster vaccine 2 to 4 weeks later (in accordance with label recommendations) and annual boosters as long as the risk for disease exposure remains. Depending on your dog’s age and other variables, your veterinarian may recommend testing your dog for Lyme disease before starting the vaccine series. The Lyme vaccine is not necessarily recommended for all dogs. Ask your veterinarian about the risk of Lyme disease where you live and whether the Lyme vaccine is recommended for your dog. There are currently no vaccines to protect dogs from other tick-borne diseases, such as ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. Appropriate tick control methods combined with periodic testing may be the best ways to help protect dogs from these diseases. Being “tick savvy” can also help protect your dog from Lyme disease exposure: Check your dog (and yourself) frequently for ticks, and remove them promptly. Use a reliable method of tick control (several spot-on products kill and repel ticks). If possible, avoid tall grass or wooded areas where ticks are likely to hide. If you routinely take your dog camping or walking in wooded areas, ask your veterinarian about the best ways to control ticks.