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Keeping Your Dog Safe On Walks

Turn March 30th into an unforgettable Take a Walk in the Park Day with your furry companion, but don’t let any unexpected difficulties spoil it. Keep a lookout for potential dangers while you and your pet are out strolling so that nothing mars this perfect day.

#1: Other dogs

Avoiding potentially dangerous encounters with other animals is essential if you’re walking your dog. Even friendly, off-leash dogs can be a risk because they may appear as a threat to yours. Constantly observe the body language of both your pet and any other animal around them for signs of distress or aggression. Whenever possible, steer clear from dog parks when there are more than two animals present to reduce the chances of an altercation occurring among multiple pets at once.

#2: Traffic

When walking to a park, make sure you remain vigilant of any traffic that may be in your vicinity – this includes vehicles, bicycles as well as other pedestrians. To prevent unforeseen incidents from occurring, keep your pet close by and within arm’s reach at all times. If they are on an unlocked retractable or long leash, they might dart into the road, unwittingly clothesline cyclists, or wrap around people nearby, which could cause serious injuries. Alternatively, if your dog makes a sudden movement due to chasing after a squirrel, for instance, then the leash may snap open completely!

#3: Parasites

Protect your furry companion from the infestation of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other intestinal parasites that flourish in park environments. Year-round preventive measures such as administering preventives can protect your pet from external and internal pests. To ensure complete safety for your friend after a visit to the nearby park grounds, always conduct an extensive check from nose-to-tail when you get back home.

#4: Wildlife

As your pup sniffs around the park, they may encounter wildlife hideouts or resting areas. Although some wild animals will usually leave when people and pets approach their territory, there’s a chance that you’ll come across one which is defending its home, food source, or young ones – in such cases, these creatures could turn aggressive. Moreover, wild animals are known to carry diseases and parasites; for this reason, it is advised not to disturb them.

Are you and your pet regularly exploring the great outdoors? If so, keep them safe from any health risks by booking a wellness appointment with our team! Regular preventive care will help shield them against harmful diseases and parasites. Contact us today to get started!