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It’s that time of year when the high temperatures here in the Tampa, Florida area begin to drop just a bit. Going outside to play with your pet feels less like a hot and muggy chore and more like an enjoyable part of your day.

The team at Animal Medical Center, your friendly veterinary office in Brandon, FL, has tips to make this time of the year even better. Here are our favorite pet-friendly fall activities to enrich your pet’s life—and yours.

Pet Enrichment: 3 Tips to Have Fun With Your Pet This Fall

1. Go For a Hike 

Whether you live in Florida or another state, November is a fun month to hike with your dog around these parts. In the northern parts of the country, you might catch some gorgeous fall foliage. Here in Florida, you can enjoy cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, and pristine views of our state’s lush wetlands. 

You probably have at least one or two pet-friendly nature reserves near your home. If you haven’t explored them yet, now’s the time!

We have three dog-friendly jewels within 20 minutes of Brandon, Florida: 

Check out one or all of these trails during the month of November. You and Fido won’t regret it. 

2. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Dog-Park Style 

Tampa’s famous Dogtoberfest is held in November, not October. So while you’re preparing your pet’s costume for that pawsome event, why not celebrate a mini Oktoberfest with your furry friend at Two Shepherds Taproom?

This epic beer garden-come-dog-park offers both indoor and outdoor play spaces for your pup to roam free. With plenty of toys and friends for Fido to play with, you can sit back and relax with your favorite drink. 

You can even attend a breed meetup at Two Shepherds Taproom to get to know other people who own the same dog breed. 

There’s no better way to kick off the fall than by making new friends who love dogs as much as you do. 

3. Snap a Family Pawr-trait

Have you ever taken a family photo with your pet? If not, now’s the time to start. Whether your family consists of you and your dog or you, two dogs, three cats, and four extra humans, get those fall portraits taken. 

You’ll capture a special moment in time with your furry pal—or pals—and you’ll be ahead of the holiday card game, too. We love that no matter what type of pet you have, you can include them in the family picture. 

Just look at this portfolio by AGoldPhoto Pet Photography in Tampa. You’ll be running to make an appointment with your favorite furry or feathered friend in no time. 

Safe Fall Fun for Everyone 

Ready to hit a new trail, grab a beer at a dog-friendly taproom, or get portraits taken with your kitty? Make sure your pet is healthy, up-to-date on vaccines, and ready for fall fun with a wellness visit at Animal Medical Center. Call us today to get started.