When Flexibility Takes a Toll: The Not-So-Obvious Dangers of Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes are convenient but pose safety risks too When you think about your dog’s leash, are you inconvenienced by its sheer lack of complication, or are you rather pleased by the inherent simplicity? It’s amazing to think that something as streamlined as a 6-foot leash requires improvement, but then again the concept of retractable leashes has a place in modern dog ownership. This great debate will continue, but we should all be aware of the hidden dangers associated with retractable leashes.

Is This a Controversy?

Many dog owners are absolutely devoted to retractable leashes, and when used properly, they can be highly convenient. They shouldn’t be used when walking along busy roads, through pedestrian traffic, or near any other potential hazards, like construction sites. They should never be attached to a choke collar. Continue…

Brooding About Backyard Chickens?

Yes, backyard chickens in Brooklyn are a thing!Inexpensive, high-quality eggs became widely available in supermarkets across America in the 1950’s, about the same time that a sleek, modern suburban lifestyle was embraced. In spite of this, many people in cities continued to raise chickens because of their relative ease, affordability, and the great return on initial investment. Now, with the sustainable, locavore, and organic movements, citizens in all New York City boroughs can raise as many backyard chickens as they like.

Hens, No Roosters

Raising chickens can be very satisfying, but it’s critical to avoid creating situations where they become a nuisance to others. Because of their propensity to crow throughout the day, roosters are classified as illegal. While there’s no limit on the amount of hens one can keep, any smells, noise, flies, etc. must not have a negative effect on neighbors, as the city takes complaints seriously. Continue…

Pet Patio Etiquette: Dining with Your Dog

Pet patio etiquette can help with pet safety when dining out with pets.With lovely weather upon us, it’s time for outdoor brunches, lunches, and drinks with your dog by your side. With so many dog-friendly options, patio dining is one of our favorite parts of summer in Brooklyn. However, after months of cold weather, it may have been a while since you dined with your dog al fresco. The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here with a refresher on pet patio etiquette!

Dining with Your Dog: Before You Go

Just like any endeavor, a little preparation can go a long way. Before you step out, consider the following:

Brush up on basic commands. Nothing makes dining with your dog more pleasant than knowing they have a good handle on basic manners. “Sit,” “stay,” “leave it,” and “down” are all imperative to making sure your dog is patio-ready. Practice these commands in a public park or dog park that has similar distractions as a restaurant. Continue…

Running With Rover: Running Safely With Your Dog

Running safely with your dog can be great pet exercise.Running with your dog is a great way to bond, get some exercise, and spend time outdoors. Of course, there are always some do’s and don’ts when it comes to any activity that involves your pet. Let the friendly team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital share some tips for running safely with your dog.

Before You Begin

Make an appointment. We recommend your dog have a physical exam before starting any new exercise program, and running is no different. Joint problems, cardiovascular health, and weight all play a factor in whether or not your dog is ready to run with you. A wellness exam is a great place to start.

Get in gear. Truth be told, you don’t need much gear to begin running safely with your dog. A collar and back clip harness are all you really need. Of course, safety items like reflectors and a belt with a clip (for you) are handy, but not essential. Don’t use retractable leashes, as these are unsafe at high speeds and offer little control. Continue…