Posted in: Living Moving Posted on: Jan 30th, 2015

Dog Parks, Groomers, and Pet Friendly Apartments in Raleigh, NC

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With its tree-lined streets and somewhat mild climate, North Carolina can be the ideal place to live for people who have pets. Fortunately, pet-friendly apartments in Raleigh, NC make it easy for you to make the most of your environment, while plenty of vets, dog parks and pet-friendly establishments make going out in the city a lot easier for pet owners. Whether you’re new to town or new to pet ownership, there are a number of businesses that cater to pets in the area.

Keep Your Pet in Good Health

As a pet owner, your pet’s welfare should be one of your main concerns. Keeping him healthy will mean that he’s able to live a long and happy life. Although he might protest and whine when he finds out he’s going to the vet, scheduling regular check-ups and exams is a must. One option in the city is Bayleaf Veterinary Hospital. The hospital focuses on wellness and preventative care programs for pets, including blood tests, spay and neuter services, and vaccinations. It also provides surgery and dental care, as well as boarding and grooming.

If your pet absolutely  hates going to the vet’s office or animal hospital, a mobile option might be best suited for him. The Downtown Mobile Vet provides routine preventative care to pets, in the comfort of your home. Having the vet come to you for basic procedures can mean a lot less stress for you and your furry friend.

Places to Play

If you are looking for dog parks near Raleigh, NC, you are in luck. There are three in the city that are part of its park program. The oldest, at Millbrook Exchange Park, was opened in 2003. The Millbrook Exchange dog park is open to all and is free. Open daily from 7am to 10pm, it is designed for both small and large dogs, and pets can roam off leash in the fenced in area. The dog park at Carolina Pines Park is also free to the public and provides a fenced area for pets to roam freely. While the dog runs at Carolina Pines and Millbrook Exchange have lights and are open later at night, the park at Oakwood Park, a similar option, is only open from sunrise to sunset.

Going out with Your Pet

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You’re hungry, but you don’t feel like ordering take-out or cooking at home, and you don’t want to leave your pet alone. Luckily, there are  several restaurants in the city that gladly welcome pets. If you love beer and spending time with your dog, you might want to head to House of Hops. A bottle shop, it offers a large selection of beers in bottles and on tap. You can pick up a six-pack to go, or sit in the shop and enjoy a pint. There’s also a patio outside for when the weather is nice. Other dog-friendly restaurants in the city include the Flying Biscuit Cafe, which serves breakfast all day, and Taste, a small plates and wine bar.

Spending time with your pet should be enjoyable for both of you. Knowing where you can go in the city and finding places where other pet owners hang out can make it easier for you and your pet to get used to living in a new town.