Hello Friends!

If you’re like most of us around here, you’re getting a little stir crazy from the rain. Luckily summer is around the corner and the days are getting longer. This is a good opportunity to check your yard and locate any possible poisonous or hazardous items to your pet.  Make sure to keep fertilizer, rodent repellent and sprays out of reach from your four legged friend.  Even a tiny amount of poison can be deadly, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Warmer weather also is when bugs begin to emerge.  Make sure to stay up-to-date on medications to ensure your pet stays safe from insects and parasites.  After time outside or in the woods, it’s good to do a quick inspection that no insects or ticks have attached themselves to your dog.  If you do find a tick, here’s some quick steps to remove it.

  • Wearing gloves and using a pair of tick removing tweezers, grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as you can. Pull straight up in a swift movement, making sure not to grip too hard.

  • Place the tick in a screw-top jar containing some rubbing alcohol. Screw on the lid.

  • Disinfect the bite site on your pet. Wash your hands thoroughly, and disinfect all tools that came in contact with the tick.

  • Monitor the bite site. If it is still inflamed after a week or so, bring your pet and the tick in to the veterinarian for examination.

If you are interested in getting some hikes in this summer with your pooch here are some dog friendly trials;

  • Rattle snake ledge

  • Lake twenty-two

  • Red top lookout

  • Barclay lake

  • Tonga ridge

  • Cedar Butte

  • Cougar Mountain Trails

Along with some dog friendly beaches;

  • Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

  • Edmonds Off Leash Park

  • Owen Beach

  • Ocean Shores Dog Beach

We’d love to see what activities you are doing with your dog this summer.  Share photos with us on our Facebook page!

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