Pet owners can access the Pet Vet Animal Hospital-Southwest and City Pets, a pet supply shop in the neighborhood.
Houston summers are very hot and heat-related illnesses can occur if people and pets become dehydrated or overexposed. Take precautions to ensure that you and your dog do not experience these conditions during hot weather. The heat also brings severe thunderstorms which can cause flash flooding which is hazardous to pedestrians and pets. You and your dog should wait until storms pass before venturing out on daily walks. Winters are mild with temperatures usually well above freezing, so you don't need a heavy winter coat to walk in Houston in these cooler months.
Westwood is bordered by the Sam Houston Tollway on the west, the Brays Bayou on the north, and the Keegans Bayou on the southeast. The Southwest Freeway runs diagonally through the southern section of the region. The bayous, a canal, and freeways create impediments to people walking their dogs in the area and should only be crossed at designated pedestrian ways.
Topography in the district is flat with no steep hills for you and your dog to trek up, which helps prevent overexertion during hot weather. Commercial areas occupy much of the region and landscaping in these areas is limited.
Dwellings in the area consist of apartment complexes and a section with single-family detached homes. There are no sidewalks where the detached homes are situated and dog walkers will need to share the road with local traffic. When walking on roadways, face oncoming traffic and keep your dog securely leashed.
Just northwest of Westwood sits the 175-acre Arthur Storey Park. This greenway is located along the Brays Bayou and also contains stormwater detention ponds. Facilities in the park include restrooms, picnic pavilions, walking trails, and a playground. Fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, and cycling are popular activities with just under two miles of paved walking trails. Your dog must remain leashed and you should be prepared to clean up any messes your dog leaves behind. There is parking at the greenway if you choose to drive there or you can use Beechnut Street which crosses under the freeway to reach the area on foot with your pup.
The Texas Direct Auto Dog Park is a seven-minute drive to the southwest. This enclosed off-leash park features large and small dog areas, doggie showers and fountains, waste bags and disposal facilities, and even a doggie slide for adventurous pups. There is shade in the park and benches for owners to use while supervising their pups.