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We are not a vet nor do we offer veterinary advice. We are involved in pet care.
If owners tell us of a good product we try it out and let others know, but when we hear of a product that could be harmful to our furry friends we try to research the truth behind it, so if our clients ask we can give them correct answers. Again we are not a vet, if your animal ingested these things and shows signs of problem contact your veterinary!
ASPCA's  Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435
Here are some common questions and concerns:
Which Flea and Tick treatment? 
How often your pet gets exposed to fleas and tick plays a part on what kind and how often. If you want to make a wise choice, do your homework! Your Vet may recommend a brand because they are aware of the content and side effects of the chemicals found in the treatment. Some brands are more harmful than others! Go online and read side effects of the active ingredients in multiple brands and compare. A few customers have tried home remedies with some success repelling fleas. 
Why does my animal need vaccinations?
Some shots that are given are required by law to protect animals and prevent the spread of disease, such as Rabies and Distemper/Parvo. These are called "Core" shots and are given throughout the animals life. "Non core" shots include Bordetella, Lyme, Para influenza and Lepto.  The Lepto vaccine is recommended by vets for dogs that may come in contact with contaminated water sources such as ponds, puddles, lakes, and streams. Wild life such as skunks, opossums, voles, and rodents can carry the bacteria and shed it through their urine. Lepto usually affects kidneys and the liver and can lead to failure. The "Non core" vaccines may be recommended by Vets along with the "Core" vaccinations.Talk to your vet about what vaccinations they give, why it is needed in your area and how often they give it.
Bordetella, Distemper/parvo and Rabies are required for a dog to stay at Penrod Kennels.   
We try our best to reduce the chance of dogs getting sick while they stay with us. We require all dogs be vaccinated before they board. We also disinfect our runs every morning to kill bacteria. When a dog leaves it's run is also disinfected before a new dog goes in that run. Our pool is treated to kill bacteria and algae in the water. We do not know which dogs might be carrying bacteria/virus, as mentioned in the following information, a dog can carry Bordetella for up to 3 months without signs of sickness. If a dog does start to cough/backward sneeze it goes into quarantine and is not allowed to have contact with other dogs. We can not guarantee a dog will not get sick, but we are try our best to reduce the risk.
Bordetellaaka Kennel CoughMyths and Facts
We have talked to local vets and researched on vet web sites to get this information.
It is a chest cold dogs can catch from other infected animals. Symtoms include dry hacking cough or backward sneeze. It is compared to a chest cold in humans. A dog with Kennel Cough generally feels active and maintains a normal appetite dispite frequent fits of coughing. There is usually no fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing.
Myth: You only get Kennel Cough when you board your dog.
Fact: Your dog can get Kennel cough from many different places. Including public parks, other small animals (including rabbits or cats who may be infected), boarding places, really anywhere a sick dog may be taken, including veterinaries. It is passed from infected animal when it sheds infectious bacteria/virus in respiratory secretions by coughing. These secretions become aerosolized (airborn) and float in the air and inhaled by a healthy dog.
Myth:Dogs only get Kennel cough if the area they are kept is dirty and not properly cleaned.
Fact: It is a highly contagious and easily spread respiratory infection! A dog can get it from being with or near a dog that has had it. A dog can be a carrier of bordetella for up to 3 months without signs of being sick. Stress level, vaccination status and immune system strength plays a part in a dog getting sick.
Myth:"My dog got it from...."
Fact: That is a hard statement to say due to the incubation period of infection. It ranges between 2 days to 14 days. As said before, stress can bring it out as well as the immune system being low. These are just two factors that could allow invading bacteria/virus in. Other things include: Shipping stress, crowding stress, heavy dust exposure, cigarette smoke exposure, other infectious agents, cold temperature, and poor ventilation.
 Some local Vets are switching vaccinations from yearly to every 6 months. The direct source of the illness is not fully understood due to how easily it can be spread to other dogs. Bordetella is a chest cold for dogs. Keep vaccinations updated. Vets normally prescribe antibiotics or cough supressent to get them on the road to recovery. It is similar to a human cold/flu that we get and don't know where it came from. A flu shot helps but does not guarantee we won't get sick.