Check out this video link on tips for adopting a dog by the AVMA.  Before you adopt a new cat or dog this season, feel free to call our office and we can help answer any questions that you may have.

 AVMA's tips for adopting a dog

7 things you can do to make Halloween safer for your pet

  1. Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  2. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  3. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  4. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  5. Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  6. If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  7. Keep your pet inside.

Check out this link on vaccinating your K-9 companion for Canine Influenza.


Bayshore Animal Hospital does not currently routinely vaccinate all dogs with canine influenza vaccine, only at risk pets do we recommend this vaccination.  There are known metropolitan areas where Canine Influenza has been reported including Atlanta and New York City.  There is currently a rise in the cases seen in the state of Pennsylvania.  We recommend show dogs and pets that frequent kennels often get vaccinated yearly as well as pets that live in areas where cases have been reported in the past.  No side effects have been reported or seen associated with this vaccine.  It mainly works to decrease the severity of the symptoms, especially minimizing the risk of pneumonia for your pet.  For any questions, please feel free to call our office and Dr. Carnathan will be happy to answer them.


Before the storm prepare a hurricane kit of your pets to include:


1. Secure pet carriers for cats and small dogs and sturdy leashes/harnesses

     larger dogs and appropriate crates for other types of pets.

2. Place medications and medical records, including proof of current vaccinations, in

     a waterproof container.

3. Have a 2 week supply of any medication your pet may be taking on a regular basis

   and familiar food and water. Also take bowls and a manual can opener.

4. Cat litter/pan, extra litter and a litter scooper.

5. Information sheets including: medical conditions and treatment schedules if

   needed, feeding instructions, name and phone number for your veterinarian or a

   kennel outside your area in case you need to board your pets.

6. Current photos of your pet(s) in case they get lost. Also, be sure each of your

   animals have name tags, rabies tags, microchip, etc., securely fastened to their

   collars. IMPORTANT NOTE: When planning to evacuate, attach the phone number

   and address of your temporary shelter or of a friend/relative outside the affected

   area to the back of your pet's ID tag.

7. Portable pet bed, a familiar blanket, and lots of toys.

8. Plan ahead to have a safe place to take your pets because public shelters, like

   ones operated by the Red Cross, do NOT allow family pets. Service dogs are the


9. Don't wait until the last minute to make plans for your pets. Do not even think

   about leaving them at home! You would never forgive yourself if something

     happened to them because you left them behind to fend for themselves.