OC Service Dogs Info & Health Warnings 04/23.2019

OC Service Dogs Info & Health Warnings 04/23.2019

Saturday Class @ Salem Lutheran Church/School

9:00 – 9:30 If you are new this is a time that we will review leash work, timing and start teaching marker training We will continue with our regular class at 9:30 Please do not have you puppy/dog go potty on the grass.  Please have your dog go over by the white fence.

It is important to us that your dog/puppy stays healthy!

Beware of Foxtails

We all love to see our dogs run in grass! However due to the amazing amount of rain we got this year. The hills are beautiful with wild flowers and now wild grasses. Unfortunately, Foxtails is one of these grasses that grow wild. This wild grass is dangerous to dogs. There sharp needles burrow into the ground with the seed, unfortunately the seed also burrows into the dog’s skin and enter soft tissue where they can cause serious injury, infection and even death. The seeds lodge into a dog’s nose, ears, paws, belly basically anyplace the dog is in contact with the foxtail seed.

Here are some of the symptoms to look for:

Your dog may start sneezing and pawing at the affected area. (If a foxtail is ingested or inhaled unfortunately you won’t be able to see the wound.)  There are many times there will be a visible wounds, abscess sores, etc... If you feel your dog may have a foxtail that has burrowed into your dog’s skin, in their ear, nose etc... I would suggest you contact your veterinarian immediately.

(In the next mailer we will be looking at other plants that cause damage to our four-legged family members)


Rattlesnakes and baby rattlesnakes are out of hibernation. Please be extremely careful while you are walking /hiking. 

Baby rattlesnakes are extremely dangerous because they do not control the amount of venom that they release if they

do bite you or your dog.

Here are 3 Easy things you can do to help your dog/puppy listen / pay attention to you

1.    Feed your puppy/dog by hand

2.    Play with your dog or puppy.

3.    Limit the amount of time that they play with other dogs.

Class Schedule:

Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 AM at Irvine Regional Park, Lot 19 (follow signs to the zoo)

Saturday 9-9:30 Into for first timers                                                        

Saturday 9:30 AM at Salem Lutheran Church/School 6500 E. Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA in their parking lot

OC Service Dogs is now offering:

We have now started a new Puppy Train & Raise program.  http://ocservicedogs.com/pagep

We will be starting a new night class, Therapy Dog Class in May and a CGC Evaluations


OC Service Dogs Believes it is extremely important to help and educate:

1. We continue to support Independence Service Dogs and donate training and support.

2. We continue to educate youth; for example, we teamed up with ISDF and had the Girl Scout Troop visit us last Saturday

Independence Service Dogs Foundation

If you would like to join us in supporting ISDF please visit:



We would like to thank the follow organizations that have helped us this month:

Salem Lutheran Church

Stonecreek Animal Hospital

Banderas Pet Hospital & Boarding

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CUCKOO for Cocoa Mulch


Dogs Go CUCKOO for Cocoa Mulch Can be dangerous for your dog(s) **

Cocoa mulch, made from the shells or hulls of the cocoa bean and smells faintly of chocolate This type of mulch contains theobromine, the active ingredient in chocolate that causes chocolate toxicity in dogs. Be careful what you put into your yard. Some of the signs of cocoa mulch poisoning include drooling/hypersalivating, diarrhea, hyperactivity, rapid heart rate, tremors, seizures, and dark red gums. The severity of symptoms will depend on how much mulch your dog ingested.

OC Service Dogs, Christmas Photo Contest!

Enter our OC Service Dogs, Photo Contest! Take a photo or video of your pup getting into the Christmas Spirit.

Use our hashtag #ocservicedogschristmasphoto and follow the rules below:

Follow @ocservicedogs on Instagram and "Like" OC Service Dogs on Facebook.

Take a Christmas photo or video and post it with the caption "This is my entry of the #ocservicedogschristmasphoto contest hosted by @ocservicedogs"

Tag 2 friends

Winners will be announced December 27th 2016. Our Top 3 entry photos will be named winners. First place will win one free private lesson for their dog at Irvine Regional Park during the week. Second place will win a bag of Pulsar Grain Free Dog food (Chicken or Turkey). Third place will win a bully stick. Each winner will be featured on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Merry Christmas and Good Luck!

Easter Dangers For Pets

Easter Dangers For Pets

Easter Dangers for Pets:

I love the Easter holiday; it is especially meaningful for myself and family as we celebrate that Christ has risen for our salvation.  However, for many of our wonderful pets it can mean trouble between chocolate, Easter Lillies, Decorations, plastic eggs, little toys, and more.

Easter Lilies: I truly love these beautiful plants but these flower should be avoided or out of reach for your pets.  Easter lilies are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially to cats.  The first signs seen are vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death. Please call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your pet has eaten any part of a lily plant.  Another spring flower often used in cut flower arrangements, daffodils, are also.

Chocolate: Most of us have heard how dangerous chocolate is for our pets, but please let your children know too.  During the week of Easter, calls to Pet Poison Helpline concerning dogs that have been poisoned by chocolate increase by nearly 200 percent. While the occasional chocolate chip in one cookie may not be an issue, certain types of chocolate are very toxic to dogs. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the greater the danger. The chemical toxicity is due to methylxanthines (a relative of caffeine) and results in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, an abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and possibly death. Other sources include chewable chocolate flavored multi-vitamins, baked goods, or chocolate-covered espresso beans.

If you suspect that your dog ate chocolate, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately.

Deadly decorations:  Every year I hear of pets being treated for eating decorations. What we see as festive and decorative our pets see as interesting and edible. All parts of basket décor are dangerous. This includes plastic grass, plastic toys, and candy (foil wrapper and all). Easter grass looks like real grass and pets can’t always tell the difference. Once ingested, these objects can become lodged in the stomach or intestines, requiring abdominal surgery to remove them. Pets can also choke on these items, so be sure to keep Easter baskets out of reach.
Ribbons, bows, streamers, and other decorative items are all subject to being chewed or played with and eaten. Never put ribbons or bows around pets’ necks.

Many animals have been accidentally strangled as a result of this innocent gesture.
Note: If you suspect your pet has eaten something foreign, take them to the vet right away. Don’t wait until signs of vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, drooling, or abnormal bowel movements occur. At that point your pet will be in much greater danger than if had you taken them in right away. You’ll not only save money by acting immediately, but you may also save your pet’s life.


Dangerous Foods:

Do Not give pets people food.  Holiday foods are meant for people, not pets! Ham, is dangerous for cats and dogs. In addition to being high in fat, ham is also very salty and can cause serious stomach upset or pancreatitis. Remember pets will use their nose to find lots of yummy food, climb counters, get into the trash take it from the children and guest hands. It’s not just the food you need to be careful but the packaging, foil, string etc. that wrap the foods.  Make sure to dispose of packaging where your pets can not get to it. Pets may swallow the tasty packaging, which can be disastrous. 
Do not give your pets alcoholic beverages or table scraps of any kind. Never give your pet leftover bones from meals you are making. Ingested bones can splinter and be fatal. Make sure to educate and explain to children and guests the dangers of giving table scraps to your pets. Many just don’t understand the dangers or consequences of giving scraps etc.…

Tip: Obviously supervision is the key but You may want to think about having an Easter Free Zone during all the activities for your pets.  With parties come guests; which mean a change in your pet’s routine.  While some pets enjoy guests for others it may cause stress.  Many times the best place for your pets might be in a spare room, kennel, crate, dog run, where they can feel safe. They are safe from small children poking and prodding and strangers they do not know or trust.  Do your best to give them plenty of exercise and to keep them on their normal schedule. Make sure all your pets have current ID tags on at all times just in case your pet does get out during all the many distractions.

My Children have grown up trading and sorting candy on the ground, please make sure they don't leave candy laying around (or candy wrappers, either, which can cause choking). With chocolate bunnies in every basket, and chocolate eggs hidden around the house, keeping pets in a separate area may help keep them safe. It's not only high in fat, it contains two nervous system stimulants, caffeine and theobromine. The fat can make your pet vomit or cause diarrhea unpleasant, but usually not fatal. It's the stimulants that can cause death. Theobromine is both a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. A dog that ingests an overdose of chocolate may be fine at first, but will probably become excited and hyperactive within a few hours. It may pass large quantities of urine and become unusually thirsty. The theobromine will cause your pet's heart rate to accelerate or beat irregularly, either of which can cause death (especially with exercise.)

Also keep the trash sealed or out of reach of your pets they have amazing noses and will be curious.

If you have reason to think that your pet has gotten into something, call your vet and describe their symptoms.

If your vet is closed, call an emergency vet center or you may try

You can also contact:

ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Please note that there is a consultation fee for this service or 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center 855-764-7661

 incident fee applies


Please make sure that Easter candy and other dangerous foods are kept securely out of the reach of your pets so the entire family can have a Great Easter!





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