A Dog Walker’s Guide to Safety

Make sure your furry friend has a wonderful time on Take A Walk in the Park Day this March 30th, but be vigilant for any potential hazards. Be watchful and alert to these common problems when taking your pet out for an enjoyable walk!

#1: Other dogs

When your dog encounters another pooch, it could be disastrous—especially if either canine is reactive and gets away from its leash. Even amicable off-leash dogs can pose a danger because your pet may view them as adversaries as they come to greet them. Consequently, remain mindful of other pups and watch out for any signs that indicate anxiety or agitation in yours. To reduce the chance of confrontation with multiple hounds, try to stay away from parks during peak hours.

#2: Traffic

When ambling to a park, make sure you are aware of all the traffic around you, be it vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians. Your furry companion should remain near your side in order to prevent any unfortunate incidents from occurring; if they have an unlocked retractable leash on, for example, there is a risk that either the pet will suddenly dash into traffic or a nearby cyclist might get tangled up by its length as well as other passersby being wrapped around it. Moreover, even if your pup chases after something like, say, a squirrel along this open-ended lead line – then chances are strong that the rope may snap apart too!

#3: Parasites

Be sure to protect your furry companion from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other unwelcome parasites that may live in park environments – ideal hunting grounds for these pesky buggers. Make it a habit to apply preventives year-round as well as an inspection when returning home from the park; check over their nose right through to their tail!

#4: Wildlife

As your canine companion takes in all the scents at the park, they may stumble upon wildlife hiding spots, dens, and resting places. Although most wild animals will run away when approached by people or pets, some of them can become aggressive if they feel their young ones are threatened or their food source is endangered. Therefore it’s better to avoid contact with these animals since there might be a chance for diseases and parasite transmission.

If you enjoy the outdoors with your pet, ensure they are protected from infectious diseases and parasites with regular preventive care. Give our team a call to schedule your pet’s wellness appointment.