Tips On Keeping Your Dog Safe During Walks
Mark March 30th on your calendar for a special day to celebrate with your furry companion – Take a Walk in the Park Day! Make sure that nothing spoils this splendid occasion, and keep an eye out for potential dangers as you explore. Be aware of the following hazards when walking with Fido or Fluffy.
#1: Other dogs
When encountering another pup, it is essential to remain alert and observant in order for a possible altercation. If either pup appears anxious or reactive, the danger level immediately increases as they could easily slip their collar. Even if the other dog is friendly when bounding up to greet your pet, danger still remains since an unpredictable reaction may occur from yours. To err on the side of caution and prevent any potential altercations among a large pack of dogs, aim to avoid parks during peak hours whenever feasible.
When you’re strolling to the park, be sure to constantly keep an eye out for traffic — cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. Keeping your pet close by at all times can help avoid any unwanted incidents. An unleashed dog may run into oncoming traffic or trip up a cyclist if they suddenly get distracted by something in their path – not only that, but it could also potentially snap the leash when sprinting after a squirrel! For this reason, try using a retractable or long leash so you have control over them without restraining them too much.
Prevent your pet from becoming an ideal habitat for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites by administering preventives year-round. Ensure that you always check them from nose-to-tail when returning home to avoid any nasty surprises in the park.
As your pup explores the park, they may discover burrows, nests, and resting spots of wild animals. It’s important to note that while most wildlife will flee when approached by people or pets, some can become aggressive in defense of their young ones, food sources, or homes. Furthermore, many wild creatures can carry diseases and parasites; it is, therefore, best to leave them undisturbed for everyone’s safety.
If your four-legged family member loves to explore the great outdoors, safeguard them from pesky parasites and infectious diseases with regular preventive care. Contact us today to schedule a wellness appointment for your beloved pet!