Dog health and well-being is topic of spring series

by: FILE PHOTO - Diane Koran, of West Linn, regularly walks her four dogs, Morgan, Dexter, Bob and Blue Bell, at Mary S. Young State Park.Yappy Hour will be a great series for West Linners who want to improve the lives of their dogs.

The cleverly named program starts March 20 at the dog park in Mary S. Young State Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. A good time will be had by both humans and dogs. There will not only be lectures but lively activities, like dog teeth brushing and a play and exercise day.

“We definitely want owners to bring their dogs,” said Terri Jones, recreation coordinator for the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department, who initiated the program.

Yappy Hour’s main feature will be talks by veterinarians from VCA West Linn Animal Hospital on topics pertinent to dogs’ well-being:

March 20 — How to reduce your dog’s exposure to giardia, a disease transmitted through feces that is highly contagious. There will be free testing.

April 17 — Dog dental care and nutrition is the topic. It will include expert demonstrations of how to brush your dog’s teeth. Jones noted, “This is something that even people who really love their dogs sometimes overlook.”

May 15 — Common dog health problems will be discussed. A session of play and exercise is planned.

If this Yappy Hour is a success there will be more Yappy Hours in the future.

“We want to build on it,” Jones said. “Maybe we can have some agility pieces in the future.”

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