June 26 is Take Your Dog to Work Day
By: Dr. Amanda Landis-Hanna
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It’s almost the day Fido and Snoopy have been waiting for all year: Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD)! is June 26 this year, and is a great opportunity for you to show off your pooch, which improving your productivity for a day. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure she is healthy. If your office supports TYDTWD, reinforce that support by bringing in a healthy dog. Check her vaccine records, to make sure she is completely up to date, especially on Rabies, Distemper, and Parvo, 3 of the most communicable diseases. It may be a good idea to ensure she is vaccinated against Bordatella (kennel cough) and Influenza as well. Remember, the current outbreak of Influenza is still active, so only take healthy adult dogs to TYDTWD, to minimize risk for contamination. If you keep your vaccine records in your Voyce Reminder system, the vaccine records will be easy to locate and review in one central location.
- Make sure you ONLY bring your dog. At least 24 hours before TYDTWD, it is a good idea to apply her flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. (You can check your Voyce Reminder data if you aren’t sure when she is due for her preventative care.) Most heartworm preventions also provide some protection against intestinal parasites, which will help make sure that nothing else comes into your office with you.
- Make sure your pet is comfy. Many offices don’t normally have dogs present, so make sure to bring all of her necessities with you. These may include: water bowl, bed, blanket, a favorite chew toy, leash, and “poop bags.” The last one is really important. Also remember you will need to schedule time between meetings to take her outside for a walk and some fresh air. You may want to bring in her crate if she is crate trained, but make sure you speak with your cubicle-mates if it takes up much room.
- Be responsible. Even the best-behaved dogs may act out if they are in a strange environment, or if there are new dogs present. If your dog is hyper, or has aggressive tendencies, the office may not be the right location for a socialization experience. Many articles on socialization, and dogs-in-the-office, may be located in the Voyce Library.
Keeping these tips in mind, I hope you and your office-buddy-for-the-day enjoy Take Your Dog To Work Day 2015!