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Things To Do With Fido For National Dog Month
August 1, 2023

August is National Dog Month! Of course, we don’t need much of an excuse to spoil our canine companions. However, this is a great time to pamper Fido a bit. A Vinton, VA veterinarian lists some things to put on your to-do list in this article.

Learn A New Trick

Did you know that dogs actually enjoy learning things? Mastering a new trick or command can help boost Fido’s self esteem. It’s also great for bonding. Plus, it can help improve your relationship with your pet, by improving communication. If your furry pal hasn’t mastered basic doggy obedience yet, work on that first. Otherwise, teach him some cute tricks.

Visit Somewhere New

Our canine buddies love going to new places and exploring new spots. Take Fido to a new park or trail. Highland Park, Thrasher Park, and Salem Rotary Park are likely the most popular ones near us, but there are also smaller ones scattered about. You can also head out of town and check out a new trail.

Enjoy A Snack

If it were up to Fido, he’d be celebrating with several snacks a day. Go ahead and indulge him with something special. Just don’t go too crazy: you don’t want your pooch packing on extra weight!

Splash Around

Many of our canine patients enjoy swimming. Splashing around can be great exercise for Fido. It’s cardio, but it’s also easy on his joints. Just stick with safe spots, and keep a close eye on your pooch. Never leave your dog unattended near the water.

Doggy Playdate

Do you have friends or family with polite pups of their own? Schedule a get-together at someone’s house or a park. It’s good for Fido to be able to play and interact with his four-legged buddies. Just screen your furry friend’s playmates carefully. They should all be well-behaved and current on their preventative care. Remember to take cute pictures!


As the saying says, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. You don’t have to do anything super fancy. The most important thing is to carve out quality time with your furry bff. Tossing a ball or Frisbee for Fido is a great way to wind down after a long day of work!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Vinton, VA pet hospital, anytime.

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