Staycation ideas for you and your pet

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(Welcome to the weekly pet column of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla, N.Y. A new article is posted each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

With summer’s heat still upon us, a staycation has never looked like a better option for some much-needed fun and R&R. And the best part of a staycation is that you don’t need to leave your pet behind. According to a recent survey, 97 percent of people consider their pet to be a part of the family, yet over half of rarely or never bring their pet when they go on vacation. Embrace the staycation trend with the following ideas your whole family — furry ones included — can enjoy:

Find a new dog park. Get outside, in a new way. Head out and explore your hometown by finding a new dog park your pup can play in. Dog parks are a great way for your pet to socialize with other dogs and burn some of their seemingly-endless energy. You and your kids can enjoy watching the dogs play and can make new friends by meeting some friendly dogs — just be sure to get permission from the owner before touching someone else’s pet. City and town websites offer lists of public dog parks, so check your local listings and get out there.

Try new foods. New nutritional flavors and tastes that you can incorporate into your home cooking are a great way to have new experiences. The same is true for your pet — feeding them wet food is a great way to encourage urinary tract health, promote organ function and increase hydration, which is especially important in the hot summer. According to a recent survey, over half of us are unaware of these benefits, meaning that pets are missing out. Don’t let yours be one of them.

Host a “pawsome” party. Summer is the perfect time to celebrate, so why not let your pet in on the fun? Invite some friends with furry pals over and whip up some dog-friendly treats. Turn up the fun by providing loot bags with dog toys and bones, and if you’re feeling adventurous, let your pets take over the pool — while supervised, of course.

Find more information on feeding and menu ideas at petmixedfeeding.ca.
— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

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