How to Keep Your Dog Safe When Walking

On March 30, commemorate Take a Walk in the Park Day with your dog, but avoid any dangers that can ruin your ideal day. When taking your pet for a stroll, be alert for the following problems.


#1: Other pets

Running into another dog could be disastrous, especially if one or both dogs react angrily and manage to escape their leashes. Friendly, unrestrained dogs can also be dangerous since your pet might perceive them as a threat when they run up to say hello. Keep an eye out for other dogs, and study your pet’s body language to ensure they stay calm and relaxed when confronted by another dog. To prevent a potential fight between a large pack of dogs, avoid parks during popular periods if feasible.


#2: Traffic

Keep a close look out for oncoming traffic, including cars, bicycles, and other pedestrians, as you are walking to a park. To avoid accidents, make sure your pet remains near you at all times. A pet on an unlocked retractable or long leash could dart into traffic, clothesline a bike, or wrap around onlookers. If your dog lunges at a squirrel, the leash could also snap.


#3: Parasites

Parks make great environments for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites, particularly because they are teeming with the right kind of prey. By giving preventives year-round and routinely inspecting your pet from nose to tail for hidden bugs when you get home, you may shield your pet from both internal and external parasites.


#4: Wildlife

Your dog will probably smell for animal burrows, nests, and resting places as they navigate the park. While most wild animals will flee when people and pets approach them, some may defend their young, food supply, or home by becoming hostile. Wild animals should also not be disturbed because they frequently serve as carriers for parasites and diseases.


Ensure your pet is protected from infectious diseases and parasites with routine preventative treatment if you love spending time outdoors with them. To arrange for your pet’s health visit, give our staff a call.