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Take Your Dog To Work Day

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Miss your furry friend when you're at work? Friday June 20th is an opportunity to bring your pooch to work. It's Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Many businesses across the U.S. will allow employees to bring their canine to work with them for the day. The day was created back in 1999 by Pet Sitters International. Every Friday following Father's Day is the day many pet lovers look forward to. Before bringing your dog to work be sure to check with your employer it's okay.

A second purpose of the day is to promote adoption of animals. The Humane Society of Fargo-Moorhead Shelter Manager Heather Clyde says they usually have all kennels full. To help adopt a pet or be a foster home read more by clicking here.

As the day falls in the middle of June it's a great time to remind all pet owners the dangers of summer. Animals can be at higher risk for Ticks and Heartworm. But the one vets want to remind people of is the importance of keeping them out of the heat for too long.

"People have to be careful during the heat of the day and take some water with them if they are going to walk very long or very far, because dogs need water just like people need water." says Veterinarian Dr. Paul Striegel. "The best times of the day are early morning or in the evenings because there's less heat."

A dog may show signs of heat exhaustion if they look tired and want to sit down or are constantly panting.

"Give them some time, find a place where there's some shade, where there's a breeze, and if accessible give them a towel with water and just wipe the dog, and rub them over the dog with the wet towel, that allows water to evaporate and it draws heat off the body too." Dr. Striegel says.

If you aren't able to bring your friend to work, look for a doggy daycare instead of leaving them at home.

"Instead of leaving your dog in a kennel at home or being secluded to one room, we offer a service where your dog can come and play all day." says Eddie and Barkus Manager Emily Wangstad. "So they get to play with other dogs, play with the people, we have story time throughout the day, we have things to keep them interested so instead of a long boring day at home they can come and have a good time here."

Many also provide a stay longer than just for a day.

"If any of the people are heading to the lakes, or going out of town, even just for an overnight we have the hotel available to those customer. The cool thing about the hotel is the dogs get to play in the day care all day every day, so they get tuckered out even if it's a hotel stay." Wangstad says.

Eddie and Barkus are open seven days a week. For more information click here.

For more on Pet Sitters International and Take Your Dog To Work Day click here.

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