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June 23rd is Take Your Dog To Work Day! This may sound like a silly idea, but there actually are some benefits to it. In fact, a recent study by CESAR Canine Cuisine found that eight out of ten respondents said having Fido at work relieved stress, built stronger connections, and was great for morale. That said, Man’s Best Friend isn’t cut out for every job. A Lowell, MI vet offers some advice on taking Fido to work below.
Even if you have a pet-friendly office, it’s best to talk with your coworkers before bringing your pooch in. If any have allergies and/or are uneasy with dogs, nix the idea. You’ll also want to find out if anyone else is bringing their pup.
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Make sure your canine pal makes a good impression! Give Fido a good bath before his first day. Nail trims and tooth brushing are also important.
If possible, time Fido’s first appearance for a day when you have a shorter shift. Also, walk and play with your pooch before work, to burn off his zoomies. Our four-legged friends are always calmer—and therefore better behaved—after a good doggy workout.
Even if your boss welcomes your canine companion into the workplace, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be safe for Fido. Stores and offices may contain all sorts of things that are dangerous for dogs. That could mean anything from pens and staples to tools, chemicals, and even that leftover chicken wing your coworker tossed in the trash. If you’re not 100% sure your pup will be safe, leave him at home.
First and foremost: Fido should be fixed, microchipped, and up to date on preventative care, such as vaccines and parasite control products. While a tie and badge are optional, ID tags are definitely a must.
Does your furry pal know basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, and Lay Down? Is he thoroughly housebroken? Is he calm and friendly around strangers and other dogs? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then it’s probably best to hold off on taking Fido in to work with you until he’s finished his petucation.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or car? Please feel free to contact us anytime. As your Lowell, MI pet clinic, we’re here for you!