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Sirius K9 has helped us train many of our Boxers!!! If you have time to take a homeless Boxer to a training class at the Sirius K9 location please become a volunteer! Often this will help a dog become adopted. Sirius K9 offers a Variety of Training!!!! Besides the Basics they offer:

Pet First Aid/CPR Classes

Beginning - Advanced Decoy Classes

Remote Collar Training

Certified Therapy Dog Training (one of our rescues just became a Certified Therapy Dog! Congrats Bella Boo!!!!!)

Snake Avoidance Training

and more

Caroline Haldeman
Training Director
714-296-9714 / 951-272-1364

Another Great Vet!

Dr. Tom Greek DVM


Our favorite Vets!

Dr. Fanous and friends at Back Bay Veterinary Hospital

4263 Birch St
Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 756-0554

*Tell them you were referred by our rescue :) They provide medical care for most of our Boxers.

Veterinary Volunteers Make Miracles Happen

If you or someone you know is a DVM and would like to donate their time & talents to help BOCAR's Boxers please let us know. Everything helps and if everyone just helped a little it would help us A LOT! Thank you!!!

101 Things to keep Away from your dog ... (list by ASPCA)

  • House Hold Items
  1. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin etc)
  2. acetaminophen
  3. cold & flu medications
  4. anti-depressants
  5. vitamins
  6. home insect products
  7. rat & mouse bait
  8. bleach
  9. diet pills
  10. disinfectants
  11. fabric softener
  12. lead
  13. lighter fluid
  14. mothballs
  15. anti-cancer drugs
  16. solvents (paint thinner)
  17. flea & tick products
  18. liquid potpourri
  19. slug & snail bait
  20. over cleaner spray
  21. lime/scale remover
  22. fly bait
  23. detergents
  24. tobacco products
  25. drain cleaners


  • aloe
  • amaryllis
  • andromeda japonica
  • asian lilly
  • asparagus fern
  • australian nut
  • autumn crocus
  • azalea
  • belladonna
  • bird of paradise
  • bittersweet
  • black locust
  • branching ivy
  • buckeye
  • buddist pine
  • caladium
  • calla lilly
  • castor bean
  • ceriman
  • clematis
  • cordatum
  • corn plant
  • cycads
  • cyclamen
  • daffodil
  • daylily
  • devil's ivy
  • dieffenbachia
  • dumbcane
  • easter lily
  • elaphant ears
  • emerald fern
  • english ivy
  • eucalyptus
  • ferns
  • fiddle-leaf philodendron
  • gold dust dracaena
  • florida beauty
  • foxglove
  • glacier ivy
  • gladiolas
  • golden pothos
  • heavenly bamboo
  • honeysuckle
  • hurricane plant
  • hyacinth
  • hydrangea
  • iris
  • jerusalem cherry
  • jimson weed
  • kalanchoe
  • lantana
  • lilies (lilium species)
  • lily of the valley
  • lupine
  • marble queen
  • morning glory
  • mother-in-law
  • mountain laurel
  • narcissus
  • needlepoint ivy
  • nephthysis
  • nightshade
  • oleander
  • panda
  • peace lily
  • philodendron
  • poison hemlock
  • precatory bean (rosary pea)
  • privet
  • red emerald
  • rhododendron
  • ribbon plant
  • sago palm
  • satun pothos
  • schefflera
  • striped dracaena
  • sweetheart ivy
  • tulip
  • water hemlock
  • wisteria
  • yew
  • yucca


  1. avocados
  2. chocolate
  3. coffee (all forms)
  4. onion & onion powder
  5. garlic
  6. grapes
  7. raisins
  8. macadamia nuts
  9. alcoholic beverages
  10. moldy/spoiled food
  11. fatty foods
  12. salt
  13. xylitol (gum, candies or other foods sweetened with)
  14. tea leaves
  15. raw yeast dough


  1. Balls (specifically small balls or smooth outer coatings)
  2. batteries
  3. bread twist ties
  4. buttons
  5. coins
  6. cotton swabs
  7. glass
  8. hair pins
  9. jewelry
  10. nylons
  11. paper clips
  12. plastic wrap
  13. socks
  14. rubberbands
  15. sharp objects (knives, scissors, nails, tacks, needles etc)
  16. string, yarn, dental floss
  17. towels
  18. wax


  1. balconies - tall balconies without safety railings may lead to a dangerous fall
  2. bath tubs or sinks - when filled with water a bath tuub or sink can drown small pets
  3. doors & windows - open doors & windows commonly lead to dogs running across busy streets
  4. electrical cords - can cause electocution if plugged into an outlet in your dogs reach
  5. fireplace - flames can result in a serious burn to your pet and ashes can cause illness if digested
  6. toilets - toilet water is not healthy for your pets to drink; always remember to close the lid
  7. washer & dryer - your dogs may crawl into these appliances when you are not using them ans cause damage to themself and/or the machine


  1. Algea - can be found in ponds or other bodies of water, certain forms can be toxic
  2. antifreeze/coolant - some types of antfreese or coolant products contain ethylee glycol, which is highly toxic to dogs, even small amounts
  3. fire pit/grill - flames can result in serious burns and ashes can cause illness if ingested
  4. fences & gates- openings in fences and gates can be used by your dog to run away or lead to strangulation if they become stuck
  5. deck ;attice- your dog could become stuck in the opening under your deck and possibly be strangled
  6. de-icing salts- some formulation may contain chemicals that are hazardous to your dog if ingested, look for pet friendly de-icing salts
  7. compost particularly if moldy
  8. gasoline
  9. oil
  10. pesticides
  11. cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer
  12. swimming pools & hot tubs- never leave your pet unattended near uncovered pools even if they can swim


  1. Flowers - many types of flowers and plants that are found in the bouquets are harmful to dogs


  1. fake grass- this colorful grass may look appetizing to your dog, but actually it poses a cholking hazard if ingested.
  2. Small toys- if swallowed, small toys and plastic easter eggs can cause your dog to cholk or damage their intestinal tract


  1. fireworks-fireworks not only scare dogs and cause them to run off, but they also can cause serious injuries if detonated near them. many formulations can be potentially toxic if ingested & please don't throw a firework knowing your pet enjoys playing fetch.


  1. pranks- some pets have become victims of torture and abuse during halloween, so be sure to keep your dog indoors
  2. candles-pets are naturally curious and may be attracted to the bright lights of the flame in dark areas. dogs could either burn themselves by the flame or knock over the candle starting a fire.
  3. xylitol- candy & gum sweetened with this are toxic and should be kept away from your dog
  4. all forms of chocolate can be harmful to your pet, potentially resulting in poison or even pancreatic inflammation from high fat content.


  1. bones-turkey, chicken & other small animal bones are very different from the large bones that you find at the pet store. these bones splinter easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed, so NEVER give them to your pet
  2. hot containers-your dog will most likely become curious of the smells while you are cooking. keep an eye on hot containers so that your dog doesnt tip them over causing sever burns


  1. holiday plants- the following plants are toxic; christimas rose, holly, lilies and mistletoe
  2. ribbons- sure it looks adorable but placing a ribbon around your dogs neck may causethem to cholk
  3. bubbling lights- older forms of this attractive decoration may contain methylene chloride, which is a highly toxic chemical
  4. fire salts- contain chemicals that can be harmful
  5. christmas tree water- stagnant tree water or water containing preservatives can result in stomach irritation if ingested
  6. angel hair (spun glass)-can irritate eyes and skin, could cuase ingestinal obstruction if eaten in a large enough quantity
  7. decoration hooks-can cause blockage and or trauma to gastrointestinal tract if swallowed
  8. styrofoam- can cause your dog to cholk if swallowed
  9. ornaments- these can look like a toy so keep them out of reach of your dog so they dont pose a risk of injury
  10. tinsel- can cause cholking or internal trauma if swallowed


  1. balloons and confetti- these are among the common items used to decorate a party but can pose an obstruction or cholking hazard if ingested. be sure to keep them in an area that does not have decorations
  2. loud noises- new years is typically a noisy holiday. unfortunatelym loud noises frighten pets and cause them to run off. keep your pet in a separate room away from noisemakersm music and other loud sounds
  3. alcohol- alcoholic beverages are toxic to dogs and should NEVER be gievn to them.


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