Santa Maria Kennel Club

Santa Maria Kennel Club

P.O. Box 1143
    Santa Maria, Ca  93456

AKC Member Club


Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind. Anyone who has ever loved a dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. The excitement your dog shows when you come home, the wagging tail at the sound of the leash being taken from its hook, the delight in the tossing of a tennis ball, and the head nestled in your lap-those are only some of the rewards of being a dog owner.

Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.

The AKC is committed to helping dog owners raise happy, healthy dogs. The list below is certainly not exhaustive, but it contains some of the essential ways you can be the best dog owner you can be.

Follow this link to view a selection of AKC's 101 suggestions:  ​Be a Responsible Dog Owner

Pets & Disasters

When it comes to your pets, they are as dependent on you as your children are.  If it is evident that you will have to evacuate, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND; however, keep in mind that pets are not allowed in public shelters, for health reasons.  In most states, trained guide dogs for the blind, hearing impaired, or handicapped will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners.  Check with local emergency management officials for more information.  Here are a few things to think about concerning your pets and disasters.


  • ​​Contact your local animal shelter, humane society, veterinarian, or emergency management office for information on caring for pets in an emergency.  Also, see if your veterinarian will accept your pet in an emergency.
  • You will need a pet carrier that allows your pet to stand up and turn around inside.
  • Make sure your pet has a properly fitted collar that includes current license and rabies tags.  Include an identification tag that has your name, address, and phone number.  Keep your pet's shot records current and know where the records are.  Keep a current photo for identification purposes.
  • When assembling emergency supplies for the house hold, include items for pets in a "Pet Survival Kit".

             * Extra food and bottled water

             * Kitty litter and pan (if needed)
             * Large capacity self-feeder and water dispenser
             * Extra medications


  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • Separate dogs and cats, even if they normally get along.


  • If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you.  Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when you go outside. 
  • Always maintain close contact.  The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency.  Normally quiet and friendly pets become aggressive or defensive. 
  • Watch animals closely.  Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your pet in great danger!  Confine your pet to a safe area inside -- NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET CHAINED OUTSIDE!  Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located.  Provide a phone number where you, or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.​​


Jean Dodds, DVM

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

  • 9 - 10 weeks of age

        Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
        e.g. Merck Nobivac (Intervet Progard) Puppy DPV

  • 14 – 15 weeks of age

        Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

  • 18 weeks of age

         Parvovirus only, MLV
         Note: New research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks old.

  • 20 weeks or older, if allowable by law

        Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
        Mercury-free (thimerosol-free, TF)

  • 1 year old

        Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
        This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers                  in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.

  • 1 year old

        Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
        3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF)

​Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit The Rabies Challenge Fund for more information.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843​