Virginia Beach boasts several “off-leash” dog parks where dogs can go to socialize and run free with other dogs.
Woodstock Community Park
Redwing Metro Park
Bayville Farms Park
Pet Friendly Links and Info
IMPORTANT PET NUMBERS
Virginia Beach Animal Control Unit: (757) 385-5000
Virginia Beach Health Department: (757) 518-2700
Beach Veterinary Emergency Center: (757) 498-4900
Tidewater Veterinary Emergency Hospital: (757) 499-5463
In case of an emergency dial: 9-1-1
Keeping Your Pet Cool
- Never leave your pet alone or unattended in the car on a warm or sunny day. Cars can rapidly heat up to a dangerous temperature, even with the window slightly open.
- When taking your dog for a walk on a hot day, you should plan for shorter walks during the midday sun, when temperatures are at their peak. You can take longer walks in the morning and evening when it’s cooler. Even though your pet may seem tough on the outside, the hot sidewalks can burn the pads on your dog’s paws, so walk on the grass when possible.
- Never leave your dog outdoors unattended on a chain, leash or tether. They have no place to go if they are uncomfortable and long-term chaining during the hot summer months can result in insect and predator bites, dehydration and even heat stroke.
- When driving with pets, be sure to keep them properly restrained and inside the vehicle. Remember, pets are not allowed to be in the bed of an open truck.
- During a busy vacation, pets can easily become distressed by the noise and commotion involved with festivals and events. Leave pets at home and in a doghouse or crate so that they cannot jump a fence and become lost. Make sure your pets are wearing identification at all times or an internal chip so that if they do become lost we can get them back home.