A crate can become a dog's best friend if used correctly. By allowing the dog to use a crate as a bed, it becomes a dogs' "safe space". Then if there is an emergency and you need to bug out, say for an earthquake, your dog already feels safe in a crate and will be easier to load quickly.
Training Your New Dog/Obedience Training Classes
Adopting a Puppy? You will want to review these articles and watch the video:
PER Your Contract with Rompin Paws Rescue, Your dog must be enrolled in training classes the first week of adoption to maximize the window of opportunity.
The Benefits of Training
The benefits of having a trained dog are nearly limitless! From the moment you get your new puppy or dog, here’s a run-down of just some of the advantages and benefits:
Benefits of Dog Training:
- Puppy classes provide the opportunity for getting your new family member started off right. Puppy classes provide the experiences and opportunities for your puppy to develop interaction skills with other puppies, with people, and in new environments.
- Puppy socialization has been found to be critical to the psychological health of adult dogs. Puppy classes provide the opportunity for this important facet of your puppy’s upbringing.
- Training classes provide dog owners the skills and knowledge for dealing with common, normal dog behaviors—starting with puppy behaviors such as housetraining and chewing.
- No matter what age you start training your dog, foundation training provides the basis for any activity, behavior or job you want your dog to do.
- Training provides dogs with the basic good manners we all want—from the polite greeting when guests arrive, to walking nicely on the leash, to coming when called.
- A trained dog is a fully participating member of the family—what a gift for all of you!
A trained dog joins in the fun when company comes, accompanies the family to the kids’ sports games, goes with you to visit friends and relatives, goes for hikes, swims, everything else the family does together.
- Training enables you to choose from among a broad range of activities and dog sports to participate in and enjoy with your dog such as dog agility, Rally-obedience, dancing with your dog, tracking, search & rescue, skiing, sledding, water rescue trials, obedience, carting, reading programs, therapy work, and a nearly endless range of fun and philanthropic things to do!
- Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps a dog in his or her “forever” home.
- Training builds your mutual bond, enhances the partnership and enriches the relationship you share with your dog. Is there anything better?
- Having a trained dog is a joy for both you and your dog!
Dog crates are
abused. The recommended maximum time to
a dog inside a crate is
To train a dog to his/her new crate, simply leave a crate with the door open and provide clean comfortable bedding. Begin with 15 minutes with the door completely closed, then open, then 1/2 hour and up to an hour. Encourage pup to go inside when
is open with a toy or a treat and lie down. Eventually, you will be able to give a command, "Puppy, go to your crate now", and they will. Make the crate a Happy Place!
Articles discussing crate abuse
Pee Pads, litterbox training your dog and Housebreaking
We train the dogs to pee pads while inside. You can purchase really good washable pads used for bedridden humans at Amazon, they can handle a lot of washings-use the gentle cycle if using a top-loading washer. Did you know? Can you also train puppies and small breed puppies/dogs to use a litterbox? Also, see the links to an article on the 4 proven methods of housebreaking a dog at any age, and creating a "doggie litter box"
This company on E-Bay sells washable pee pads recycled from hospitals, in 10, 20 and 30 quantity deliveries-
1. Proven methods of housebreaking a dog at any age
2. Check out this indoor Pee/Poo pad that is self-cleaning and makes leaving your dog for a few hours- worry-free
3. Puppy Training Schedule, What to teach your puppy and when
Please Note: We do not recommend working with or training your dog to a clicker method.
A dog needs to learn how to work with and read your body language and voice tones and you read your dog. clicker trainers are not behavior modifiers. You need to have
dog under complete voice control at all times and the dog responds instantly. this will not happen with clicker training. You are not going to have time to get a clicker out and get your dog to respond to an emergency. Please go to a well known and reputable dog school for all training. If you need assistance, we will be happy to send you recommendations.
re is ANOTHER: dog trainers point of view
Clickers can’t replace a human voice…. And…. food can’t replace human praise…. Dogs need leadership and not tricks, bribery or psycho-babble. Surely a LEADER should be seen as more than a TEMPORARY INCONVENIENCE and a REFRIGERATOR. Dogs bond with humans, not toys or treats. ( You feed your dog every day….Why doesn’t he obey you?)
Dogs will respond to food as a natural drive, but that doesn’t equate to obedience. It equates to only doing something if there is a reward. You want a dog that wants to follow you, not your full hand.
Dogs want to belong to a “pack” and need to find a leader who keeps things simple, clear, calm and assertive.
THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS….., only dogs trying to make it through life in a human world with behaviors that are part of their genetics until exposed to behavior that we expect from them.
Dogs don’t purposely do things to annoy us. They just do things that they do without making a value judgment about whether it is bad or good, or destructive or annoying. They don’t know the difference until they are shown the difference in a clear, concise, consistent and praise rewarded way.
Here is a website to help you develop a training schedule for your new Puppy
Here is an invaluable website for training:
One Adopter put it recently "
I also wanted to say, thank you for encouraging puppy classes, you don't know what you don't know, right? I have already learned SO much, met some amazing people and new furry friends."
Planning for your pets, should you become incapacitated or die
We highly recommend that you and your spouse or family develop and have a plan in place for your pet should anything happen to you.
Here are two links to get you motivated, and to help you develop a trust for your animals.
Below please find a link to our Providing for Your Pet’s Future Without You factsheet. This fact sheet provides advice on including pet trust information in a trust (recommended) or will. Washington is one of 44 jurisdictions that have enacted pet trust legislation. The HSUS has put this together to help ensure your dogs will continue to receive care if you are unable to do so.
WHY? As a rescue, we can attest to the number of dogs placed into kill shelters, by a family member, when a person/parent/grandparent dies. The deceased had assumed the family would care for their pets and typically, that is not the case. It is sad to watch an animal become depressed on a concrete floor, giving up, not only because it's the owner has passed away, but now that dog is in a noisy, crowded shelter and likely will be PTD as well. The animal closes down, a ball of fear, and even if rescued is scarred for the rest of its life.
leaving your new puppy alone while you work or run errands.
Please take the time to read this article, it
is excellent, and applies to most young puppies and dogs:
General Care Tips
The Labrador site run by Pippa Mattinson offers some great and practical tips an caring for your rescued dog
A. Dog Beds
Best price for comfy beds- Costco
B. Food Bowls: Use stainless steel -they don't hold bacteria. If you can, Purchase food bowl holders appropriate for their height, they won't crush their esophagus.
C. Leashes and Collars and Harnesses:
We recommend solid leads and harnesses to walk your pup. use the collar for hanging I.D and rabies tags only
Please DO NOT Purchase retractable leashes- Only Use solid leashes
10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash
length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.
or one in which your pet is being approached by an aggressive dog, it is nearly impossible to get control of the situation if the need arises. It's much easier to regain control of – or protect -- a dog at the end of a six-foot standard flat leash than it is if he's 20 or so feet away at the end of what amounts to a thin string.
thin cord of a retractable leash can break – especially when a powerful dog is on the other end of it. If a strong, good-sized dog takes off at full speed, the cord can snap. Not only can that put the dog and whatever he may be chasing in danger, but also the cord can snap back and injure the human at the other end.
a dog walker gets tangled up in the cord of a retractable
or grabs it in an attempt to reel in their dog, it can result in burns, cuts, and even amputation. In addition, many people have been pulled right off their feet by a dog that reaches the end of the leash and keeps going. This can result in bruises, "road rash," broken bones, and worse.
have also received terrible injuries as a result of the sudden jerk on their neck that occurs when they run out the leash, including neck wounds, lacerated tracheas, and injuries to the spine.
leashes allow dogs more freedom to pull at the end of them, which can look like aggression to another dog who may decide to "fight back."
handles of retractable leashes are bulky and can be easily pulled out of human hands, resulting in a runaway dog.
those same lines, many dogs – especially fearful ones – are terrorized by the sound of a dropped retractable leash handle and may take off running, which is dangerous enough. To make matters worse, the object of the poor dog's fear is then "chasing" her, and if the leash is retracting as she runs, the handle is gaining ground on her – she can't escape it. Even if this scenario ultimately ends without physical harm to the dog (or anyone else), it can create lingering fear in the dog not only of leashes but also of being walked.
leashes, like most retractable devices, have a tendency to malfunction over time, either refusing to extend, refusing to retract, or unspooling at will.
leashes are an especially bad idea for dogs that haven't been trained to walk politely on a regular leash. By their very nature, retractables train dogs to pull while on leash, because they learn that pulling extends the lead.
If your dog is well trained, gentle-mannered and smart enough to master a regular leash and a retractable leash without being confused, you could be one of the rare guardians that can walk your pooch on any kind of leash without increasing risks to either one of you.
1. Dogs should be walked on a harness and leash and not by the collar. A harness allows you to secure the dog with less chance it will slip out and run away during an emergency or if the dog becomes frightened. Be sure the harness fits snuggly and test to be sure dog cannot slip out. You can also lift a dog up by a well-fitting harness in an emergency.
2. A collar should have an identifying tag, rabies tag, and Microchip tag, and local dog License tag to help you recover if
is ever lost/stolen
3. Rompin Paws Rescue DOES NOT recommend the retractable leashes as they are extremely dangerous. see article-
D. Dog toys and chews
PLEASE, Never give your dog Rawhide Chews. They are not digestible and can cause a gastric blockage that will require dangerous and costly surgery.
1. Sticking with American made products such as West Paw whose toys are non-toxic, is the safest bet. Puppies will do best with rubber toys, stay away from stuffed toys and ones with noisemakers. big breed dogs will just tear them open and can swallow the innards causing a gastric blockage -requiring surgery to save their life.
2. Dogs love Deer/Elk antlers and the chewing releases minerals that are great for all dogs.
PLEASE, do not feed your dog animal bones, especially beef and especially cooked. cooked bones splinter and raw beef bones can wear the dogs' teeth down and destroy their enamel.
E. Bathing/Grooming/Hygiene/Ear care
Here is a link to bathing, grooming and good oral hygiene
your dog does not appear to have an ear infection, it is safe to clean his ears. Preparing to Clean Your Dog’s Ears It is best to clean a dog’s ears in the bathroom, a mudroom, or another room of your home where you won’t mind a potential mess. Most dogs don’t enjoy having their ears cleaned, which means spills are inevitable. The best tools to use for cleaning your dog’s ears are a good pair of hemostats and some cotton balls. Do not use Q-tips on a dog’s ears, as they can push debris further inside the ear canal, or even damage the ear. Hemostats can be purchased at drug stores, pharmacies, or from your veterinarian. You can purchase an ear cleaning solution specifically created for pets, or you can mix one up at home. A highly recommended home ear cleaning solution is 1 part white vinegar to 1 part of water. This solution works wonders on dogs that have chronic yeast or bacterial infections in their ears. Another ear cleaning solution you can mix at home is 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water. Never use alcohol to clean your dog’s ears. Alcohol can dry out the sensitive skin inside the ears and cause allergic reactions. Ear Cleaning Techniques Start your dog’s ear cleaning with a good belly rub and soothing words. This will relax your dog and let him know that ear cleaning times are not so bad. Place a small amount of the solution in your dog’s ears, and then massage the base of the ears. At this point, your dog will want to do a head shake. Let the dog give a good shake which will help loosen debris inside the ear. Lockdown a cotton ball in the hemostat and gently use it to wipe out the inside of the ear. Repeat as often as needed, working from the inside out with a fresh cotton ball, until no more wax is seen on the cotton ball. Finish up the ear cleaning session with a treat and extra words of encouragement to help soothe your dog’s nerves.
F. Flea Protection
I hate flea applications. they can kill dogs. even the 1x sample vets like to give away are killing dogs all across this country and there is a Facebook page dedicated to humans who lost their pets due to these very toxic pesticides. the ones killing the most pets right now are the pills (ingestibles)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
ONLY use flea applications as a last resort!
Don't toxify and kill your dog
for a few measly fleas.
Here in the Greater Seattle area, I find that applying monthly applications just lines the vets' pockets and often leads to Cancer- ITS A PESTICIDE!!
If a dog is well-fed, healthy and their environment is clean and they are well-groomed, you should NEVER have fleas.
However, if you live in the countryside, you get the fleas that attack wildlife so one must take action.
start with Blue dawn soap to kill existing fleas and bathe the dogs for 5 minutes.
Purchase an ultrasound tag that fits on the dog's collar, it will keep fleas off your dog naturally
Warning, Using This on Your Pet Could Cause Seizures and Tremors
Here is an excellent article for Natural Flea Control and the use of food-grade diatomaceous earth:
G. Kennel Cough
By Dr. Becker
If your dog seems to be coughing a lot or making choking sounds, he may have a case of canine infectious tracheobronchitis, more commonly known as
Believe it or not, as awful as the choking, hacking noises sound, most episodes of kennel cough are not serious and resolve without treatment.
Read on by clicking the link below:
ALSO: issues with the
Vaccine. Please Read:
Nine Safe Remedies for Kennel Cough
- Nosodes. A nosode is a homeopathic remedy derived from a pathological specimen. Nosodes stimulate the natural immune system to react against specific diseases. Kennel cough nosodes are particularly effective.
- Esberitox. This is a fast-acting Echinacea that I have found very effective in reducing the virulence of Bordetella infections. (we keep in stock at the rescue)
- Vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is an antiviral and E provides immune system support. (also in stock at the rescue)
- Oregano oil has antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. (in stock, kept in fridge)
- Astragalus is an herb used in Chinese medicine to enhance the immune system, support lung function and stimulates the regeneration of bronchial cells.
- Raw garlic and olive leaves are natural antibacterials and antiviral agents.
- Raw honey will ease the discomfort of coughing, and certain herbs will soothe and naturally suppress a cough, among them licorice root and marshmallow.
- Essential oils can be used to help a pup with a kennel cough breathe easier. Oils of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Chamomile has a calming effect.
- Slippery Elm can help soothe sore and irritated throats.
As always, you should talk with your holistic veterinarian about natural remedies and the doses or applications most appropriate for your pet
H. Preventing Heart Disease
5 Tips to Help Your Dog Avoid Heart Disease
You can reduce the chance your dog will acquire heart problems by taking the following steps:
a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet that meets his nutritional requirements for optimal protein levels, healthy fat and coenzyme Q10. I believe the huge amount of carbohydrates found in most processed diets offsets the amount of protein dogs need, making carbs a significant nutritional contributing factor to canine heart disease.
Additionally, the high temperatures the food is processed at inactivates the delicate fatty acids, so even though the label says it contains the correct amount of essential fatty acids to maintain excellent cardiovascular health, they've been inactivated through the manufacturing process.
The amount of taurine, carnitine, critical amino acids and CoQ10 found naturally in unprocessed meat is extremely important to your dog’s heart health. These vital nutrients are not found in adequate quantities in most dry foods, and processing further diminishes their bioavailability. This is another reason I recommend starch-free foods (no grains or potatoes).
If you feed dry or canned food, I recommend supplementing with coenzyme Q10 in the form of ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is the form of CoQ10 that is best utilized by the heart, and the only form I have found to be effective in slowing progression and preventing the expression of predispositions in pets.
If your pet tests positive for heart disease biomarkers I recommend 10mg of ubiquinol per pound of body weight once daily and if your dog has symptoms, provide it twice daily. I also recommend additional marine sources of omega-3 fatty acids (krill oil), especially if you have a dog that may be predisposed to cardiovascular disease. Supplying your pet with extra CoQ10 (the reduced form) can
he has the quantity his body needs to maintain a healthy heart muscle.
your dog maintain a lean, fit body with daily exercise appropriate for his age, health,
excellent care of his dental health. Bacteria from dirty doggy (and human) mouths has been linked to heart valve infections.
to your holistic or integrative veterinarian about cardiovascular support supplements such as ubiquinol, amino acids (taurine, L-arginine and acetyl L-carnitine), hawthorn berries, d-ribose, TMG heart
, and homeopathic and TCM formulas that specifically fit your pet’s symptoms.
, ask your veterinarian for a proBNP blood test, which is a simple blood test that detects early signs of heart disease. If you have a Dobie or a Boxer, also request the Doberman DCM test or the Boxer ARVC test.
I. Worming and Parasite Control
A. Since puppies can contract worms from their moms and should be treated regularly while they are young, Here is a cost-saving worming treatment, so you are not always running to your vet and spending money on an office visit and new medicines.
Please note. You should get a fecal at least Four times in the first year of your puppies life so you can treat any parasites or hard to kill microscopic worms that may require special medicines, as well as kill hatching eggs and larvae. Why? Because puppies have not built up an immunity to these invaders and can develop infections in the gut that can KILL THEM! And we have lost puppies at the rescue to infections caused by parasites :(
Do them 2x or more a year thereafter.
This de-wormer has the same ingredient that the wormer your vet will provide, the added bonus is it will kill Giardia as well. You can find this at any feed store (country store) that supplies meds and supplies to farmers, ranchers and hobby farmers. (Please note: Your vet does not want you to know this and may discourage you from the profit they will lose)
It is called SafeGuard, Ask a store clerk for the GOAT WORMER-SafeGuard, get a syringe with measurements on it. 0.1, 0.2 etc..
then dose the puppies and dogs
1.2ML per 5 pounds for 5 days straight. (The instructions on the back of the bottle is for goats, not dogs)
Treatment plan: 1x a day for 5 days to kill all worms, including round and tapeworms as well as Giardia. then in 14 days, treat again for 5 days.
then 1x a month after that until they are grown. As adults treat 4x a year for maintenance. This product is very safe to use on your dogs. keep in the refrigerator.
One bottle will go a long way unless you have multiple dogs, but do treat everyone in the house.
This product is less expensive than 1 treatment the vet will give you of their powdered Panacur, which has to be mixed into wet food and the dog has to eat the entire amount of food to get all of the meds. Safeguard is easier, effective and cheap.
B. Puppies should be given a fecal by your vet, 3-4 times their first year, while young to be sure you don't have Coccidia. There are no real over the counter ways to control Coccidia. Your vet will give you Albon, and you may need to treat 3-4 times to get all of this parasite. It can be deadly to your puppy as it causes an infection in the gut. SO YES, Please DO FECAL EXAMS to control these:
Common Intestinal Parasites
ROUNDWORMS: Look like spaghetti in the stool. Cause vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, distended abdomen. In dogs and cats, especially young animals.
HOOKWORMS: Rarely seen in the stool. Cause blood loss, diarrhea (bloody), anorexia, vomiting. In dogs and cats.
WHIPWORMS: Rarely seen in the stool. Cause diarrhea (bloody), anorexia, weight loss, depression. Usually detected in dogs > 4 months of age, rarely seen in cats.
TAPEWORMS: Usually seen in the stool, around the anus, or on bedding. Looks like grains of rice. Segments are cream-colored, but after dying and drying are more orange/brown. Fairly non-pathogenic in animals, but some species can be transmitted to humans. Animals get tapeworms by ingesting fleas and/or rodents. Segments shed every 2-3 months, so the animal may have no apparent infection. Generally only recommend treating if segments are seen because the treatment is quite expensive and the worms are relatively non-pathogenic to the animal. Panacur and Strongid will NOT kill tapeworms.
COCCIDIA: Protozoal parasite which can cause diarrhea, failure to thrive, and rarely, but occasionally, death. Treated with Albon (Sulfadimethoxine). Diagnosed via a fecal float. Most common and debilitating in young animals < 6 months old. Dewormers do NOT kill coccidia. Source of an organism is the environment. Once the environment is contaminated, it is extremely difficult to get rid of coccidia.
GIARDIA: Protozoal parasite which can cause symptoms ranging from no clinical signs to mild diarrhea, to vomiting, severe diarrhea, and dehydration. Infection is by the oral route, usually from contaminated water. Diagnosed with a direct fecal exam. Treated with Flagyl (metronidazole). Maybe an inapparent infection for a long time, then some environmental stress may trigger symptoms. Difficult to get out of the environment once it is present.
I agree with new research and many caring vets who feel that Veterinary Medicine is now being controlled by big Pharma for profits and we are over-vaccinating our animals to the injury, illness, and death of our pets, so vets/pharma can reap more profits.
Please understand, we believe in vaccinating your pets. but did you know? The DHPP vaccination vets attempt to give an owners pets YEARLY, are actually good for up to 8 years? I have had many a rescue dog succumb to reactions to vaccinations and I believe in a cautious approach now.
These articles are a must-read about over-vaccinating:
2017 AAHA Canine Core Vaccination Recommendations By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker
Combination vaccine to include Canine Distemper (CDV) + Canine Parvo (CPV-2) + Canine Adenovirus (CAV-2) + (optional) Canine Parainfluenza Virus (
Initial vaccination in puppies up to 16 weeks of age: Starting as early as 6 weeks, administer combo vaccine every two to four weeks up to at least 16 weeks. Dogs in high-risk environments may benefit from a final dose at 18 to 20 weeks.
Initial vaccination in dogs over 16 weeks of age: Administer one or two combo vaccines. Dogs between 16 and 20 weeks living in high-risk environments may benefit from two combo shots two to four weeks apart. Revaccination: Administer a booster no later than one year after completion of initial series or dose, then every three years or longer thereafter.
Rabies 1-year and 3-year
Initial vaccination should be one dose no earlier than 12 weeks of age. The first revaccination for all dogs must be within one year of initial vaccination, regardless of whether the 1-year or 3-year vaccine was given. As required by law, subsequent revaccinations must be given either every year for the 1-year vaccine or every three years for the 3-year vaccine.
The Canine Vaccine Protocol I Recommend By Naturopathic Veterinarian-Dr. Becker
My protocol is to administer the first round of distemper, parvo, and adenovirus (no parainfluenza) before 12 weeks of age, usually around 9 to 10 weeks. I give the second round between 15 and 16 weeks. Two weeks after the second round, I titer to insure the dog has been immunized and not just vaccinated. When it comes to rabies, I prefer to give the first vaccine at six months, and then as required by law, a booster one year later and every three years thereafter.
How to Determine If Your Dog Needs a Non-Core Vaccine
As mentioned above, Dr. Becker does not typically recommend non-core vaccines, which include Bordetella, Leptospira, Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme), canine influenza viruses H3N8 and H3N2 and Crotalus atrox (western diamond rattlesnake
). The AAHA has developed a
Lifestyle-Based Vaccine Calculator
to help veterinarians and dog parents determine what non-cores, if any, should be given. In my opinion, each vaccine your dog receives should meet the following criteria:
- First, your dog should be healthy. If he has allergies, endocrine issues, organ dysfunction, cancer (or is a cancer survivor) or another medical issue he's not a candidate to receive vaccines
- The vaccine is for a life-threatening disease (this eliminates most non-cores immediately).
- Your dog has the opportunity to be exposed to the disease.
- The vaccine is considered both effective and safe (most aren't, especially the bacterins).
- Your dog has never had an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Do not vaccinate a pet that has had a previous vaccine reaction of any kind.
If you do vaccinate your pet, ask your holistic veterinarian to provide a homeopathic vaccine detox such as Thuja (a common choice for all vaccines except rabies).
It's also important to realize that several non-core vaccines are only available in combination with other vaccines, some of which are core. I recommend you check with your vet to ensure none of the non-core vaccines are being piggy-backed on core vaccines your pet receives.
Unfortunately, most traditional vets do not carry single vaccines, so it's a good idea to ask to see the vaccine vial before assuming your pet is only receiving one agent at a time.
Titer Tests Are Finally Going Mainstream
For the first time ever (to my knowledge), in these latest vaccination guidelines, the AAHA admits titer tests are used to check a dog's immunity to distemper, parvo, and adenovirus. Hallelujah! Per the guidelines:
"Measuring antibody levels (quantitative or qualitative) provides a reasonable assessment of protective immunity against CDV, CPV, and CAV2."
And from the AAHA website page titled "Antibody Testing Versus Vaccination:"
"The demand for and availability of antibody testing (both qualitative and quantitative) for canine vaccine-preventable diseases has increased substantially over the past decade."
And finally, from the pet owner section of the website on the canine vaccination guidelines page:
"Titers, or quantitative antibody testing, can help determine your dog's protection from some diseases. Titer testing can be used when a dog's vaccination history for distemper, adenovirus, and parvovirus is unknown — a positive result typically means he is considered protected.
However, no test is 100 [percent] accurate, so in areas where these diseases run rampant, your veterinarian may still recommend vaccinating. While titer testing for rabies is available, the law still requires that the dog is vaccinated since this is a fatal, zoonotic (i.e., can be spread to people) disease."
Interestingly, passionate pet parents and proactive vets in other parts of the world have developed much more progressive titering protocols that I hope one day we can institute in North America. In the Netherlands and Belgium, for instance, many vets titer puppies and kittens before their first vaccines to determine if there are maternal antibodies present.
This allows the animals to receive one perfectly timed vaccine. These animals are titered four weeks later to assure they were adequately immunized.
Integrative vets in this country understand convincing clients to titer once after young animals have received their initial vaccines has taken many years to accomplish. Convincing owners to titer before and after a vaccine is absolutely the best medicine but may prove to be a difficult protocol to institute for economic reasons.
Let's hope the demand for titer tests continues to increase among pet parents, along with access to affordable testing. The great news is Dr. John Robb has arranged for rabies, parvo and distemper titer package for $55 (that you can submit yourself if your vet won't do it)!
If your own vet isn't offering titers at a reasonable cost, shop around. Any veterinarian truly concerned about the health of pets should happily offer affordable titer testing in lieu of automatic revaccination.
Questions to Ask About Every Vaccine Your Vet Recommends
Is your dog or cat healthy? If he has allergies, endocrine issues, organ dysfunction, cancer (or is a cancer survivor) or another medical issue he's not a candidate to receive vaccines.
Is the vaccine is for a life-threatening disease (this eliminates most
Does your pet have the opportunity to be exposed to the disease?
Is the vaccine considered both effective and safe (most aren't, especially the bacterins
Has your pet ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccine? Do not vaccinate a pet that has had a previous vaccine reaction of any kind.
Understand that several noncore vaccines are only available in combination with other vaccines, some of which are core. I recommend you check with your vet to
none of the noncore vaccines are being piggybacked on core vaccines your pet receives. Unfortunately, most traditional vets do not carry single vaccines, so it's a good idea to ask to see the vaccine vial before assuming your pet is only receiving one agent at a time.
Two Big, Common Mistakes Made With Rabies Vaccine
A Bit about Coccidia: What you need to know:
Coccidia, or coccidiosis, in dogs is often treated with a drug called Albon. This protozoal infection is the most prevalent and opportunistic intestinal disease in North America. Dogs in kennels are the most susceptible to acquiring this disease, so the use of Albon to help prevent it is recommended.
The coccidia disease is spread through different types of protozoa
. Some dogs that acquire coccidia deal with the infection with great ease and little noticeable symptoms. Other dogs, however, become very ill and sometimes even die from coccidia because of
quickly the parasites multiply within the intestines.
the intestines so a dog may have watery diarrhea with traces of blood. In more severe cases, a dog's diarrhea will contain blood and mucus, and the dog will strain to relieve himself. Dehydration often accompanies diarrhea along with
and a loss of appetite. Some of the parasites that can cause coccidia can even form small tumors in the intestinal walls. When coccidia affects a dog's nervous system, a dog may have convulsions and muscle tremors.
The sooner coccidia is treated, the better the prognosis for a dog. If left untreated, secondary infections such as pneumonia can develop along with permanent damage to the body.
Treating Coccidia in Dogs with Albon (Sulfadimethoxine)
The first method
treating most dog diseases is with prevention. With this in mind, a veterinarian may recommend that a pet owner
a dog Albon to help prevent coccidia if he will be in a kennel for a period of time. Sulfadimethoxine products can be purchased as a pill, injection, or oral suspension product.
Albon is a low-dose medication that's quickly absorbed into a dog's body and contains a long-lasting sulfonamide. The sulfadimethoxine within Albon is a bacteriostatic agent, which doesn't allow the parasites to create folic acid from para-aminobenzoic acids. Unlike other animals, when a dog takes Albon, the sulfadimethoxine isn't acetylated and the medication goes through his body unchanged. To ensure coccidia treatment through the use of Albon is successful, a dog should be given this medicine soon after the infection is discovered so he can gain a high sulfonamide level in his body quickly. The infected dog needs to take Albon throughout the whole course of the infection and even for some time afterward. The length of time which a dog takes Albon depends on the dog's response to the therapy. Typically, a dog will take this medication for about 14 days, until he is asymptomatic for at least 48 hours. However, it is advised that a pet owner administer all of the medication prescribed to a dog that is ill with coccidia so the infection doesn't return. Also, a dog that’s taking Albon for the treatment of coccidia should drink a lot of water so crystals don't form in his urine.
Coccidia is an opportunistic infection that can turn deadly in some dogs quickly. If a dog displays gastrointestinal symptoms, he should be taken to a veterinary clinic so he can be prescribed Albon as soon as possible if he's diagnosed with coccidia.
BECAUSE COCCIDIA HAS BECOME SUCH A BIG ISSUE IN ALL DOGS, I HAVE EXTENDED INFORMATION BY SHARING AN ARTICLE FROM REVIVAL ANIMAL HEALTH ON A SEPARATE SHEET
Infections/diseases and vaccinations to discuss with your vet. Protect your dog
Despite there being a vaccine for this, many un-vaccinated dogs succumb to this disease. This attacks the gastrointestinal tract and the
system, causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. It is spread via direct contact with an infected dog or via the feces of an infected dog. Proper cleaning methods of the environment of dogs with Parvo and keeping up on vaccinations can prevent a dog/puppy from catching this very contagious and often fatal disease.
As with parvo, there is a vaccine for this. Distemper is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory and/or gastrointestinal tract. It begins with weakness and coughing. As it progresses a dog may develop diarrhea. In later stages, it attacks the dog's central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. The dog may have seizures, paralysis before dying. Keeping your Dog/puppy vaccinated - with all puppy shots and boosters ( 1x every 7-8 years for Distemper)
There are many strains of leptospirosis (including tick disease) and not all dogs that catch this die from it. However, it can cause fatal liver and kidney damage. Most strains of fatal strains of leptospirosis are spread via the urine of wild animals. This includes raccoon, skunks, and rats. Dogs can catch this when drinking from contaminated water; though it can also spread via sniffing of infection in urine puddles.
There are 2 ways to prevent this:
1) By not allowing a dog to go near the urine of wild animals or drink from any water source that an animal may have urinated into
2) Vaccination - This is a bit tricky because in the U.S. this is not included in standard vaccinations. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) considers leptospirosis vaccine a “non-core”. This means that it is only recommended for dogs that have a high chance of exposure. In addition, some breeds tend to not react well to this particular inoculation. (Chihuahuas)
It is up to owners to discuss this with the veterinarian and decide if there is enough wildlife near the home to warrant having the vaccine.
This refers to septic shock which is a severe infection in the body. Without treatment, it can cause acute kidney failure, liver failure and/or acute respiratory distress syndrome. Even with proper treatment, only roughly 40% of dogs survive.
There are many causes of sepsis, including prostatic infection, pneumonia and bacterial infection of the heart. However, with the Chihuahua breed, the one that owners will want to be concerned about is a blood infection. This breed is highly susceptible to tooth decay. When a tooth becomes infected and is not treated, the infection can spread throughout the body, leading to sepsis.