Posts Tagged ‘summer fun with pets’

Man petting dog sitting on rock

Heading out to explore? Pack the essentials for your pet!

If cabin fever has gotten the best of you over the past few months, you may be ready to battle the bugs and go hiking or camping with your best furry friend.

To prepare your pet, update his Lepto and Lyme vaccines, make sure his heartworm dose is current, and snap on the Seresto collar.

Next, read these articles from the Pets Best Pet Insurance blog, for tips on successful and fun hiking and camping trips with your dog:

Hiking With Your Dog

Camping With Your Dog

Pets Best Pet Insurance

Photo credit: Ashan Rai via Pexels

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     The thermometer is supposed to hit 98° tomorrow, so you know what that means:

Time to pop the pup into the pool!

     What’s that you say?  You don’t have a pool?  No problem!  It just so happens that the folks at Happy Tails Doggie Day Care on Granby Street do have a pool – and it’s designed for dogs. 

     Swim sessions range from $13 for a half day to $23 for a full day.  You can also choose a 30 minute Owner/Dog Swim Time for $15.

     The big pool is 17′ x 9′ and 4′ deep.  Life jackets are available for all sizes of dogs.

     Happy Tails is located next to Subway and across from Mi Hogar at 4136 Granby Street in Norfolk.  Contact them for complete details, including hours of operation and other services provided, by calling 757-233-2500, or visit their website via the link above.

    So go on and take the plunge – it’s a great way to beat the heat.  And swimming with your dog just may be the most fun you’ll have all summer!  ~~  Jen
Photo:  Search and Rescue dog FloJo cools off after a training session in Florida.  Photo by Leif Skoogfors.  From the FEMA Photo Library, via Wikimedia Commons.

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     Now that summer vacation is in full swing, pet owners will be taking advantage of the season to go camping, hiking, swimming, and playing in the backyard with their dogs.  But they’re not the only ones out in force — wild animals are enjoying the weather, too.  The problem is, wildlife can leave behind a bacterium called Leptospirosis, which infects both people and their pets.


Found in:  Water, soil, mud, and food contaminated with animal urine.  Floodwater is especially hazardous.  Also found in an infected animal’s tissues and bodily fluids such as blood and urine.

Host animals:  Raccoons, squirrels, opossums, deer, skunks, rodents, livestock, dogs, and rarely in cats.

Points of entry:  Cut or scratch on the skin; mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth; inhaling aerosolized fluids.  Drinking contaminated water; exposure to floodwater.

Symptoms in people:  Fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, jaundice, vomiting, rash, anemia, meningitis.  Some people show no symptoms.

Symptoms in pets:  Fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, depression, stiffness, muscle pain.  Some pets show no symptoms.  The disease can be fatal in pets.

When will it show up in my pet:  Between 5-14 days post-exposure, although in some cases it may take up to 30 days.

Gravity:  In people, Lepto infection can lead to kidney and liver failure, and death if left untreated.

Who is at risk:  Campers, water sportsmen, farmers, military, to name a few.


  • Vaccinate dogs annually for Leptospirosis
  • Don’t allow dogs to drink from puddles, streams, lakes, or other water that may be contaminated by animal urine
  • Don’t swim in water that may be contaminated by animal urine
  • Wear shoes when outdoors
  • Keep dogs out of children’s play areas
  • Control rodents around your home and yard

Resources:  Visit the CDC website for comprehensive information on Leptospirosis in people and pets.  Print your own Lepto fact sheet, or send us a message using the contact form, and we’ll print one for you.  Further reading from the Washington State Department of Health.


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