asheville hiking with dogMany of us have dogs that enjoy a great adventure in the outdoors. The Asheville area has a great variety of dog friendly trails and summer is a great time to spend some quality time with your dog. We’ve come up with a list of our favorite dog friendly, summer hiking trails along with tips to keep your pet safe. If you do go hiking with your dog, please be prepared, as summer brings around unique health risks including, but not limited to, heat stroke, dehydration and snake bites.

 

 

 



national pet weekThere is no denying that the human-animal bond we share with our pets is one based on unconditional love. Our pets are our best friends, adventure pals, snuggle buddies and more.  To celebrate National Pet Week, below are five ways to build a stronger bond with your pet.



dog rattlesnake protection ashevilleAs the temperatures warm up and your pets spend more time outdoors, their chances of getting bitten by a snake increase. It's important to remember that not all snakes are venomous. In Western North Carolina, the two poisonous snake species that are pets are most likely to encounter are rattlesnakes and copperheads.

Snakes usually bite in self-defense, so your pet is most likely to get bitten on the muzzle or limb. You may be able to see two puncture wounds, but sometimes they can be hard to detect.



Tick-borne illnesses ashevilleTicks have become an increasing problem to people and animals in Buncombe County and North Carolina. In order to survive and reproduce, a tick must feed on the blood from an animal or human.

Ticks are not only creepy pests, but they can spread diseases to both you and your pet. Each year, as part of your pet's annual exam, we test them for three different tick-borne diseases as part of their heartworm test. These diseases include Lyme, Erlichia and Anaplasmosis. People and pets get the same tick-transmitted diseases. These diseases are not directly contagious between humans and animals (you won't catch Lyme disease from an infected dog), however, we are all exposed to the same ticks outdoors and one recent study showed that people with pets were more likely than those without pets to find ticks on themselves.



socializing your puppyNothing is more fun then having a new puppy and wanting to take them everywhere with you. Puppies go through a key socialization period up until around 16 weeks of age. During this critical time (and even after), it is important to socialize your puppy the right way.

What is socialization?

Good socialization consists of exposing your puppy to a variety of different people, sounds and environments and showing them that they have nothing to worry about. When considering how to socialize your puppy, keep these tips in mind.