Life’s a Beach When You Practice Dog Water Safety

Dog water safety can make taking pets to the beach more fun.With summer in full swing, families all over the state are eagerly heading out for a day or a weekend on the lake or at the pool. Cooling off near a body of water is one of the best parts of summer in Michigan, and water-loving canine companions couldn’t agree more.

Before you pack the cooler and sunscreen, keep in mind that your dog may not be as prepared for the sun, heat, and water as you might think. Review our tips for dog water safety to keep your pup happy, cool, and safe in or near the water.

Planning Makes Perfect

Preparation is key when it comes to bringing your pet anywhere, and a day at the beach or pool is no different. Make sure you have the essentials covered prior to any outdoor activity with your pet: Continue…

Running Safely With Your Dog: The Do’s and Don’ts

Running safely with your dog can lead to great pet exercise!Dogs can be great exercise partners. They have energy to burn and love spending time with you. However, running safely with your dog takes preparation and training. Let the team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates provide a rundown of do’s and don’ts before hitting the road with your pet.

Starting Out

Do try it out. Just like humans, dogs benefit greatly from daily exercise. Studies show that over 50% of dogs are overweight or obese, which affects their health and longevity. Walking or running with your dog on leash is a great way to get both of you moving more.

Don’t assume your dog is a runner. Not all dogs are cut out for running. There are some breeds that are naturally inclined to the sport (like hunting and sporting breeds), but short-nosed, flat-faced dogs (known as brachycephalic breeds) and pets with short legs and long bodies may not have the proportions that lend themselves to running. Large and toy breeds may be better suited for a nice long walk. Continue…

Your Ultimate Summer Pet Safety Home and Garden Checklist

Summer pet safety starts in a pet-friendly yardFor many of us, summer is largely spent enjoying our very own backyards. The same can probably be said for our pets, who are usually happy to spend time outdoors with their favorite humans. Planning for enjoyment is important, but keeping our pets’ outdoor needs in mind is crucial for their safety and well-being.

Whether you’re planning on lots of backyard parties, or simply relaxing in the hammock with a beverage in hand, follow these summer pet safety tips.

The Pet Friendly Yard

Summer pet safety becomes more important as the temperatures and humidity soar. Fortunately, it’s easy to create a gorgeous backyard that both pets and people can use and enjoy. Here are a few tips to consider when it comes to being outside with your pet: Continue…