Hiking with your pet this summer
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Hiking with your pet this summer

Are you hearing the call of the wild?

Weโ€™re lucky to live in an area with a wealth of wildlife right outside our doors, and during the summer, the call from Mother Nature is loud and clear. Sheโ€™s not just calling you. Itโ€™s likely your furry friends are hearing her, too. If so, theyโ€™re probably just as eager to get out into the Great Outdoors. Maybe your Corgi has been hounding you for a hike in Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. Perhaps your Maine Coon would enjoy a boat ride around Lake George. Getting outside with your pets is a great way to bond, and it can be fun and safe as long as you remember these tips.

Hiking with your pet this summer

#1 Assess your petโ€™s fitness

By fitness, we mean more than physical condition, though thatโ€™s an important consideration when deciding on outdoor activities to share with your pet. Aside from your petโ€™s health, you should also consider their behavior, age, and training. Plan an outdoor adventure that will be enjoyable for both of you. A young, well-trained, energetic dog will get more out of a strenuous hike, while an older dog might struggle.

#2 Prepare pets for the adventures you want to share with them

Youโ€™re going to have a difficult time teaching an old dog new tricks. However, if you have a puppy (or even a particularly laid back kitten), you can teach them to join you in all sorts of fun activities, from hiking to boating. Training pets (in terms of both appropriate behavior and endurance) from a young age will ensure that your future outdoor ambitions are safe and fun for everyone.

#3 Talk with your vet

The minute a pet steps outdoors, itโ€™s more vulnerable to fleas, ticks, and heartworms โ€“ especially during the summertime. Rabies also becomes more of a concern. Be sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and flea and tick treatments before you head out into the wilderness to keep them healthy.

ย #4 Update pet ID information

Make sure the information on your petโ€™s collar is up-to-date and attach the rabies tag as well. If youโ€™re planning to make outdoor excursions a regular part of your routine, consider having your pet microchipped to ensure its safe return if you become separated.

#5 Look for pet-friendly destinations

Many wilderness areas do permit pets on leashes; however, itโ€™s a good idea to check the website or call ahead to make sure your destination is, indeed, pet-friendly. Some trails even allow unleashed dogs but keeping them on a leash is the safest option in most cases.

Hiking with your pet this summer

ย #6 Scout ahead

Even destinations that welcome pets may not be friendly for all pets. Some may have hazards like steep inclines or slick rocks that not all dogs will be able to tread safely. Itโ€™s not a bad idea to scout out a hike that you want to take with your pet ahead of time to make sure it will be manageable for them

#7 Pace yourself

Your petโ€™s energy may seem limitless, but donโ€™t test the theory in the wilderness. Otherwise, you may end up hiking back carrying a Great Dane like a baby. Itโ€™s better to ease into hikes with shorter forays that gradually lengthen over days as you determine your petโ€™s endurance sweet spot.

#8 Stay observant

One of the awe-inspiring things about the Great Outdoors is how changeable Nature is. That makes it important that you stay alert to signs of changing weather that could startle pets, extreme temperatures, and the presence of potentially dangerous animals.

Keep your vet at Dove Creek posted!

At Dove Creek Animal Hospital, weโ€™re always excited to see what our patients are up to. Weโ€™d love to see photos of your pet on the trail, so tag us on Facebook at @dovecreekvet. If you need to schedule vaccinations, set up an appointment with us at Dove Creek Animal Hospital or Gloves City Veterinary Hospital. You can also call to get answers to any questions about your furry friend atย (518) 627-9762.

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Welcome Dr. Susie Verra!

Have you heard the news? Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital and Dove Creek Animal Hospital have a new associate veterinarian!

We are very excited to have Dr. Susie Verra join our team of amazing veterinarians!

Check out the “Our Team” section on our website to learn more about Dr. Verra.

Stay tuned, we will be posting more about Dr. Verra and her interests over the next few weeks. ๐Ÿ˜€

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATEโ—๏ธโ—๏ธโ—๏ธ


As of Thursday, July 1st, the wearing of masks inside Dove Creek Animal Hospital will only be required for those who are not vaccinated for COVID-19. This is based on CDC recommendations.


Also, starting July 1st you do not need to call when you arrive for an appointment. Come right in and we will assist you from there. We are now allowing more than 1 person in the building for appointments.


Curbside service is still available for those who feel more comfortable staying in their vehicles during an appointment. Simply call to check-in when you arrive, and we will assist you from there.


Thank you again for your cooperation.


See you soon! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฑ

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATEโ—๏ธโ—๏ธโ—๏ธ
It has been quite a year! The entire team at Dove Creek Animal Hospital and Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital would like to thank you for working with us during these unprecedented times. Though it has been difficult not being able to communicate in person, we successfully made it through because of our wonderful clients and patients. Again, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š
We are excited to announce a change to our COVID-19 guidelines. We are now allowing 1 person in the building for their pet’s appointment. This person MUST wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. ๐Ÿ˜ท
We ask that you call when you pull into our parking lot to check-in. We will come out to let you know when a room is ready and guide you into the building.
Curbside is STILL AN OPTION for anyone not comfortable coming into our facilities. If you would like to stay in your vehicle for your petโ€™s appointment, just let us know when you call to check-in.
If you are stopping by to pick up a medication or prescription food, feel free to come in wearing a mask. ๐Ÿ˜ท Again, only 1 person is allowed in at a time.
We are excited to see everyone again. Please give us a call at (518) 627-9762 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
See you soon! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฑ
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