The Hills Are Alive…With Spring Pet Activities!

Although the weather has been misleading as of late, it is actually still winter in New Jersey. Indeed, at press time, we’re experiencing unprecedented temperatures in the high 50s and 60s. At Berkeley Veterinary Center, that means preparing for the best spring pet activities to get us all moving and grooving toward a happy season.

The Natural Choice

While enjoying outdoor spring pet activities, protection from the elements is paramount. We’ll likely get our fair share of April showers, and your pet might benefit from a lightweight rain jacket, vest, or even boots to get through the wet weather.

On the same note, before embarking on any of our suggestions below, it’s highly recommended that your pet’s vaccines and parasite preventives be up to date. Spaying or neutering your pet before spring and summer is also a good idea.

Lastly, make sure you always have fresh water, healthy snacks, and a pet first aid kit when planning spring pet activities. Your pet’s harness, leash, and collar should be in top-notch shape, and update any microchip information, if needed.

The Garden State

Luckily, there’s no shortage of adventures in New Jersey. Check out the following:

  • Asbury Park—Not just because we love The Boss, this locale is great fun for pets and their owners. Don’t forget to check out the Wonder Bar Yappy Hour after a frolic on the 8th Avenue Dog Beach.
  • Hacklebarney State Park—Beautiful hiking…in a gorge!
  • Great Falls—This trip is worth the drive. Check out any of the phenomenal trails around the Passaic River Basin for more spring pet activities you won’t soon forget.
  • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference—Expect to be transported to your “happy place” exploring these offshoots of the great Appalachian Trail. For local fun in Ocean County or Burlington County, hit up the Manchester Wildlife Management Area, Penn State Forest, or Franklin Parker Preserve.
  • You might also see if your pooch is up for a day of strolling the streets of Manhattan. Don’t forget to check out South Mountain Reservation on your way home!

    Close to Home, But Far Away

    We’re lucky to live in such close proximity to natural and cultural history. Without going far, you can enjoy good times with your leashed dog at:

  • Double Trouble State Park
  • Island Beach State Park
  • Barnegat Light
  • One of the many Ocean County dog parks
  • Spring Pet Activities

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some great ways to spend time with your cat this spring. May we suggest the following:

  • Treat your cat to a luxurious grooming session and nail trim to rid him or her of that thick winter coat and dander build up.
  • Build a screened-in porch for your indoor-only kitty. Outfit this area with hammocks, pillows, a climbing tree, and other bird watching perches.
  • Spring is an excellent time to leash train or crate train your cat. Let us know if you have any questions!
  • Set up an outdoor photo shoot.
  • Host a spring pet party if your cat is sociable.
  • Invite your cat to a cozy backyard picnic, and bring along his or her favorite can of wet food!
  • Whatever you decide to do, spring pet activities are the best! As always, please give us a call with any questions or concerns!

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