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Happy Yappy Hour @ Lagunitas Seattle Taproom and Sanctuary

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Join us for a Yappy Hour at Lagunitas Seattle!

We will be there  MAY 9th  from 3pm – 6pm.  Bring your pup, grab a beer and spin the wheel for fun, sassy Urban Animal Swag!

Dr. Cherri Trusheim, owner of Urban Animal will be there to answer questions about our practice – Hope to see ya there!

LAGUNITAS SEATTLE1550 NW 49th St. Seattle, WA 98107



Urban Pet Ownership

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Here are a few words and recommendations on Urban Pet Ownership from Dr. Cherri Trusheim, DVM and Owner of Urban Animal.
In the past few months we have seen a rise in escalator injuries as we continue to embrace our urban environment. Please remember, when possible, use elevators, take stairs or hold your dog as an alternative to escalators.


Owning a dog in Urban Seattle has minimal resemblance to owning a dog in neighborhoods with green space or suburbs.
Possible obstacles and challenges for pet ownership have certainly not stopped Seattle urbanites, there are over 150,000 dogs in Seattle, more than the number of children, and more cats than dogs.

Let’s take a look at some of the more common issues our city dwelling companions face.

There are many injuries to dogs each year caused by elevators and escalators. Paws can become trapped resulting in subsequent broken bones and severe soft tissue injuries. Dogs should always be carried on escalators or take the stairs!

We also see too many dogs hit by cars resulting in severe trauma or even death. Although traffic often appears to be barely moving in the city, a car does not need to be at high speeds to inflict severe damage.

The dog park, as well as doggy daycare, are places where dogs can be packed tight and excitement and adrenaline run high. This can lead to scuffles with even the most dog-friendly, even tempered of dogs. Dog bites and dog fight injuries are a common cause for veterinary visits.

Density contributes to the spread of disease so, raising a dog in such a dog-dense urban environment can make it difficult to keep them healthy. Shared water bowls and tightly packed dog parks make giardia, an intestinal parasite, a common city issue for our dogs. Giardia can cause diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, and can occasionally be difficult to eliminate.

Parvo, which is primarily an issue for puppies before being fully vaccinated, is spread by contaminated fecal matter.

Kennel cough can be spread by a simple nose to nose “ Hello” your dog might share with another canine friend passing by on the street.

Seattle is also filled with unwelcomed rats, which, along with raccoons, can be carriers of leptospirosis.
The standing water from our wet climate, with the rat and raccoon population, make the city a prime spot for the spread of this disease. Leptosporosis can cause kidney and liver failure and is zoonotic, meaning it can infect humans.
Urban Animal recommends vaccinating all dogs for leptospirosis annually.

Let’s not forget about our city cats.
There is no safe scenario for an indoor/outdoor cat in South Lake Union or Urban Seattle.
This means urban cats need enrichment to keep them happy and healthy in what can sometimes be a very small footprint of space.
The Indoor Pet Initiative has tips for keeping your cat fulfilled while being strictly indoors. (


Urban Animal has teamed up with The Stranger for the Ugly Pet Contest (Ugly Cute that is..)

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Calling all ugly ducks 🦆! It’s the Stranger’s #UglyPetContest. Your pet could be on the cover of the Stranger’s April 11th Pet Issue! Snap a pic of your so-ugly-they’re-cute pet and submit it by email ( or on Twitter or Instagram (post your pic with #uglypetcontest). The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Tuesday, March 13.
The three ugliest pets 🐮 🐷 🐶 will win a professional photo shoot, and have their pictures featured on The Stranger’s website and social media channels. The winner’s best shot will be on the cover of the April 11 issue of The Stranger. Winners (and their owners) must be available on Saturday, March 24 for a photography session in Seattle.

This contest is sponsored by our pet loving friends Urban Animal and Purrfect Cat Boarding, LLC



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Please join Urban Animal at the City Dog MUTTMIXER!!!

Love is in the air, so mark your calendars — CityDog Magazine’s Puppy Love Muttmixer, so join us for some ‘heavy petting,’ a cocktail or two, swag bags loaded with goodies, and mixing and mingling with fellow dog lovers! And, who knows…with so much puppy love in the air you may just meet that special, two-legged someone to add to your pack!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: W Hotel, 1112 4th Avenue, Seattle, Wash.

COST: Free to attend. Cash bar.

PARKING: We recommend the Olympic Garage on 5th and Seneca. More info here.

Please RSVP with the number of peeps and pooches attending in your pawty to

Party animal rules: Dogs must play well with others (that goes for humans, too) and remain on-leash at all times. Woof!

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