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Ensure Your Dog’s Safety While Out For a Stroll – Tips and Tricks to Follow

Make the most of Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30 by taking your furry friend out for some fresh air, but watch out for potential safety risks. Keep an eye open to ensure you and pup have a perfect day with no unexpected surprises! The following issues should be watched for when walking your pet:


#1: Other dogs

Taking a walk with your pup can quickly turn dangerous when another dog is around, particularly if either of the dogs are reactive and managed to get away from their collar. Even friendly off-leash canines may be seen as intimidating by your pet. Keep an eye out for other pooches in the area and observe how relaxed or anxious yours behaves during encounters—this will help you recognize any signs of aggression before it’s too late. To further lower risk, try avoiding parks at high traffic times when large groups of doggos could start fights among themselves (or with your furry pal!).


#2: Traffic

When taking a stroll to the park, it is crucial to remain vigilant for any approaching vehicles, cyclists, or pedestrians. To avert calamities from occurring, make sure that your pet remains close by you. An unlocked retractable leash or long-line can be hazardous if your furry companion dives towards oncoming traffic or wraps around unsuspecting passersby; furthermore, the restraint may even break should they lunge after an animal like a squirrel!


#3: Parasites

From fleas and ticks, to mosquitoes and intestinal parasites, parks are a haven for these unwanted pests – all of which can wreak havoc on your pet’s health. The best way to keep your furry friend safe is by administering preventative treatments year-round as well as checking them from nose-to-tail once you return home from any outdoor activities.


#4: Wildlife

As your pup sniffs their way around the park, they are likely to stumble upon wildlife burrows, nests, and resting areas. Although most wild creatures will run off when humans or animals get too close for comfort, some may become aggressive as a means of protecting themselves from potential harm or danger. Additionally, it is best that these wild creatures remain undisturbed since many of them can transmit diseases and parasites with ease.


If you are a fan of letting your furry friend take in the fresh air, make sure they stay safe from any infectious illnesses or parasites with standard preventive care. Contact us today to book an appointment for your pet’s wellness visit!