Take Your Dog to Work Day

Did you know that June 23rd is Take Your Dog To Work Day? This pet-friendly holiday seems to gain a bit more momentum every year! There are some definite do’s and don’ts to consider when taking your pet to work, however. Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet discusses taking Fido to work.

Prerequisites

First and foremost, not every workplace is going to be welcoming—or well suited—for dogs. Small, casual offices are a good possibility. Hospitals? Not so much. Make sure your employer is okay with Fido coming in with you. However, even if you get the official ok from your boss, you also want to make sure your co-workers don’t mind having a furry intern.

Veterinary Care

Fido should have a clean bill of health before he starts work. Make sure your canine friend is microchipped, spayed or neutered, and current on his vaccinations and parasite control products.

Basics

Don’t bring your pooch to work unless you know he will display proper petiquette. Fido should be polite and friendly, and fully trained on basic commands such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. Needless to say, if your dog isn’t fully housebroken, it probably isn’t a good idea to take him to work with you. Also, if your pup begs, barks a lot, or jumps on people, you may be better off leaving him at home.

Morning

Before you head to the office, take your canine buddy on a nice long walk, and then indulge him with a fun play session. Fido will be much better behaved if he’s a bit tired.

Fido’s Work Bag

You’ll need to bring some things along for your furry pal. Fido will need food, treats, toys, waste baggies, and bedding.

Puppyproofing

Do some puppyproofing around your work area. Small objects, wires and cords, and full wastebaskets are a few of the things you’ll want to address.

Grooming

Make sure your pooch is putting his best paw forward. Give Fido a bath the day before work, or take him to the groomer.

Leash

It probably isn’t a bad idea to keep your four-legged pal leashed, so he can’t get into mischief or bother your coworkers. Better safe than sorry!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Marietta, GA animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!