All Going Swimmingly: Swimming Safety for Dogs

We are excited to dive into summer – into lakes, rivers, and pools, that is. And, we know quite a few dogs who are just as excited as we are! Although we may think of them as natural swimmers, the truth is that not all dogs know how to swim.

Whether your dog already knows how to swim or you’re not sure if she’s a water dog, every dog can benefit from a few swimming lessons. So as we get closer to summer, Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital is focusing on swimming safety for dogs!

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The Privileges and Protections of Service Animals and Their Handlers

Service animals are working dogs that help people.Animals have certainly earned their place as some of our most trusted confidants and allies, but many dogs provide their human companions with much, much more. In fact, service animals (typically dogs) are equipped with life-saving skills to help their handlers. These highly-trained animals are simply amazing at their jobs!

Groundbreaking Legislation

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. As a result, state and local agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations were required to make reasonable modifications to accommodate – and even benefit – people with disabilities. Even establishments with strict “no pet” policies were no longer able to ban service animals. However, the ADA prohibits people from asking for proof of training or certification. Continue…