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A Walk In The Park In Surrey..

This summer I'm so excited to be teaming up with Vets Now the UK's leading provider of emergency veterinary care for small animals in the UK! As a pet owner with Buddy and Milly it's really comforting to know that with Vets Now we are in good hands.

The UK’s leading provider of emergency veterinary care for small animals in the UK, Vets Now, which has emergency out-of-hours clinic in Guildford, Farnham, Reading and Staines in Surrey, sees one of its busiest times when the weather warms up, with vets seeing a higher caseload of emergencies over the summer months.

With bright, sunny days luring people and their pets out into the great outdoors, the expert team of vets and nurses see more road traffic accidents, cat fights, dog bites, allergic reactions and cases of heat stroke.

To ensure pets can stay safe and enjoy the sunshine, Vets Now has released their top 10 favourite dog-friendly activities that you can reach easily from Surrey, plus the top summer hazards for pet owners to look out for!

Zara Kennedy, district vet for the Vets Now emergency clinics in Surrey said: “With summer weather rolling around, we naturally venture into the great outdoors more frequently. It’s only fair that our pets come with us too, to get some exercise and fresh air. However, heat isn’t the only problem pets have to deal with over the summer months. From burns, to strong waves, and parasites, there are a number of hazards that should be considered.

“It’s essential you’re aware of what to do when faced with a pet emergency, especially when it’s out of hours or your local vet may be closed for spring bank holidays. Whilst we are always here to give your pets the best possible care in the event of an emergency, we would like to help in any way we can to prevent these emergencies from ever happening in the first place. Which is why we’ve compiled our dog-friendly day out guide, along with common summer hazards to watch out for.”

The Vets Now top 10 dog-friendly activities for summer:

1. Wonderful walks through time: Something of a national treasure for dog owners up and down the county, our dog-friendly days out list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the National Trust. They’ve compiled a handy guide of fantastic locations and landscapes for you and your four-legged friend to explore in Surrey. With a huge variety of woodland and countryside walks to explore in Surrey including Hatchlands Park, Winworth Arboretum and Runnymede, grab your walking boots and plan your adventure!

2. Have a bark in the park: Looking to get active and raise money for a good cause whilst still involving your pooch? Look no further than Dog Jog. Taking place from July – October at over 20 locations throughout the UK, including Brighton and London, Dog Jogs are a fantastic opportunity for you and your canine companion to get some fresh air and exercise with other dogs. Find out more at www.dogjog.co.uk

3. Blooming marvellous days out: One of the UK’s leading garden centres, Dobbies, which has a number of centres in the South East including Reading, Beaconsfield and Woodcote Green has operated a dog-friendly policy in all garden centres since early 2016. Welcoming well-behaved pooches, fresh drinking water is provided at their dedicated Dog Drinking Station. Alongside gorgeous summer blooms, they also have a large pet section – meaning you can stock up on pet food, accessories and more. Find out more here and find your nearest centre.

4. We do like to be beside the seaside: There is no better way to spend the weekend than out exploring the glorious South East coastline. According to the Vets Now Beach Guide, the South East has some of the most dog-friendly beaches in the UK. Top dog-friendly picks include Milford-on-Sea beach in Hampshire and Cooden Beach in East Sussex.

5. Did somebody say doggy room service? TripAdvisor voted the White Horse Hotel in Dorking as 2019’s pet-friendly Surrey hotel of the year. This beautiful old coaching inn with its old oak beams, open log fires and inviting lounge has 56 ensuite rooms and our beloved four-legged friends are welcome. For extra bow wow factor, your pooch will be welcomed with a doggy bowl and a treat. The Surrey Hills start just five minutes from the hotel, with endless walks to enjoy with your canine companion.

6. Pooch-friendly pubs: The Telegraph named The Alford Arms, Frithsden, Nr. Hemel Hempstead as one of the UK’s top-25 friendly pubs. A hamlet enfolded by acres of National Trust common land, this pub is heaven for dogs and walkers. There’s a path into Ashridge Forest right outside the door, with thousands of acres of ancient beech woods. Top up on delicious food and head out with the dogs for a walk. Owners provide dog treats and welcome dogs to chill out in the bar.

7. Festival ready: Festival season is around the corner and there a now a number of events that welcome well behaved pups. Standon Calling returns from the 25th – 28th July 2019 in Hertfordshire and since the festival began in 2005 they have welcomed thousands of dogs to enjoy a fun-packed weekend with their owners. They proudly claim to be the most dog-

friendly festival in the UK, with an annual dog show - categories include, ‘Dog with the Waggiest Tail’, ‘Looks Most Like Owner’ and many other prizes.

8. For a fancy treat: Ascot Park Polo Club in Cobham welcomes doggies. The polo grounds are set in beautiful countryside, away from main roads, and boarded by shrubbery. Dog drinking water is readily available and the on-site caterer often has ‘dog queues’ for the sausages. The polo fields and pony areas are not fenced off from the public and so dog-owners are asked to keep their dogs away from the pony-lines and off the polo fields whilst polo in play, otherwise dogs are free to roam free!

9. Find your inner zen: at Real Dog Yoga. The Real Dog Yoga is a new method of teaching calming techniques to relax both you and your dog. Offering classes across Surrey, each week yoga trainers build on creating calmness whilst also teaching a posture and expression. During the classes dogs and their owners are taught duration training, precision as well as chaining sets and sequences to balance the canine body and mind. Namaste!

10. Pawfect staycations: Although pet passports make travelling with pooches easier, if you want to get away from it all but not have to journey too far to do so, a staycation is the perfect solution. Canine Cottages offers a whole host of dog-friendly stays, from the Scottish Highlands to the Yorkshire Dales, saving you time trawling through holiday cottages dog policies.

This is a paid partnership with Vets Now.