Summer Safety

Summer Safety Information

  • 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.
  • **** 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.

  • 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.