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Enjoy this Summer with Your Pet!

Are you looking for a great hiking partner to accompany you on your every adventure? Meet Buddy, a 4-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Australian Cattle Dog mix full of energy to keep up with you!
Are you looking for a great hiking partner to accompany you on your every adventure? Meet Buddy, a 4-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Australian Cattle Dog mix full of energy to keep up with you!

With summer here, you might want to go exploring with your furry friend. Hiking is a great summer outdoor activity for you and your four-legged companion. In our area there are a lot of different places to go exploring, whether it’s a hike, going to a dog park or a casual walk around a park downtown.

If you’re looking for a great outdoor spot to spend your weekend, check out this link. Here you will find a list of many dog friendly options for any level of outdoor adventure you might have in mind.

Before you head out on your great adventure, be sure you are prepared! Here are a few tips to help make your trip a safe and pleasant experience for you and your furry friend.

  • It is important that your dog be properly trained. Not only for obedience but for fitness and endurance as well. Start out with small hikes and increase the distance based on your comfort level and that of your dog.
  • To avoid sickness, do not feed your dog right before you exercise or hike. Feed them afterward when they are rested.
  • Bring plenty of water and a bowl for your dog. This keeps them from becoming dehydrated and helps them stay energetic during the entire hike.
  • Make sure your dogs are microchipped and they have an updated tag on their collar. If for any reason your pet gets lost, tags and a microchip will increase the likelihood that they will be returned to you.
  • Before setting out into the wilderness, check your pet’s veterinary records and make sure his vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit. Most injuries to dogs occur on the pads of their feet. Hiking can cause cut and scraps from rocks, sticks, thorns, ice, etc.
  • Carry plenty of poop bags and clean up after your pup to keep the trails clean.
  • Always keep your dog on a leash. Extending leashes are great for wide open spaces, but not on hiking trails.
  • Closely supervise your dog around children, other hikers and other dogs.

Enjoy a summer full of plenty outdoor activities with your furry friend! Is there a great location you love to take your dog? We would love to hear all about it!

World Spay Day is Feb. 24!

Charlie is a handsome 1-year-old Labrador Retriever who's ready to take on the world with you!
Charlie was adopted Feb. 2015!

Spaying and neutering your pets is so important, and with World Spay Day being tomorrow, we wanted to share a few of those benefits!

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will not only improve the health and well being of your beloved family member, but you will also be taking one of the important steps toward reducing the number of unwanted pets in shelters.

· You get a healthier pet. Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to roam away from home, get injured in fights or get lost.  They live twice as long and are less likely to develop breast, uterine, ovarian, prostate or testicular cancers.  This means lower medical bills. 

· You get a happier family member.  Spay/neutered pets are freed from the constant need to roam and seek out mates.  Their personalities do not change.  They are calmer because they are more focused on being a loving member of their caregiver family.  And with adequate daily exercise and a reasonable diet, they don’t get fat.

· Your pet can relax and smell the roses.  Spayed females and your family avoid the annoyance of serenading would-be suitors – screaming and howling throughout the day and into the night.  Altered animals are less territorial, less likely to fight and less likely to bite.  Walking your pet becomes a lot safer. 

· Your pet and your house will be cleaner.  Spayed females will not have heat cycles that soil your rugs and furniture.  And neutered males are less likely to mark furniture and rugs with urine.  This means less special cleaning bills.

· Spaying or neutering your pet is a good investment.  It will cost you more to care for one litter of puppies or kittens created by your family pet.  Even a responsible breeder rarely breaks even or makes money by selling dogs or cats.  And once you multiply the increased food, basic supplies, veterinarian and advertising costs to find homes for the animals, the cost of altering your pet will look like a very smart investment.

Meet Auburn, a beautiful 8-year-old girl who can't wait to show off her purrfectly loveable charm!
Auburn was adopted in March 2015!

· Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. The high numbers of pets are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

In honor of World Spay Day, Seattle Humane held our own Feline Fix Day on February 18th where our Veterinarian Team was able to perform 52 spays and 84 neuters on felines. And although our spay day is over for this month, there are many other shelters and veterinarians who are participating in World Spay Day. To learn more information about which veterinarians and shelters are participating, click here.