Ensuring Your Dog’s Safety During Their Walks: Simple Tips to Follow

On March 30th, make sure you and your pup have a wonderful time walking in the park by being aware of potential hazards. As you celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day with your four-legged buddy, keep an eye out for these common issues!


#1: Other dogs

It is important to maintain a vigilant eye for other dogs when walking your pup, particularly if either dog has the tendency of being reactive. Even friendly off-leash pups can cause an issue since yours may view them as a menace due to their enthusiasm. Monitor your pet’s body language closely so that you can recognize signs of distress; attempt to stay away from parks with large gatherings of dogs whenever possible in order to dodge any potential conflicts.


#2: Traffic

When strolling to a park, be vigilant of any vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as well as bicycles. Make sure your furry companion remains close by you in order to help avoid any unfortunate accidents. A pet on an unlocked retractable leash can unexpectedly rush into the street and potentially startle drivers; likewise, it may cause a tripping hazard for cyclists or pedestrians if not held securely by its owner—or worse still break free from the leash if they catch sight of some wildlife!


#3: Parasites

The park may be a great spot to enjoy some fresh air, but it’s also the ideal place for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites. Keep your pets safe from hidden bugs by making sure they are always up-to-date on their preventatives throughout the year – then check them thoroughly when you get home!


#4: Wildlife

As your furry friend follows their nose around the park, they could come across wildlife burrows, homes and resting spots. While wild animals will generally flee when humans or pets draw close, some may become aggressive to protect themselves or their offspring—or a food source. Furthermore, disease-bearing parasites are often associated with wild animals so it is best not to interfere with them too much.


If you and your pet love the outdoors, make sure they are safeguarded from bothersome parasites and contagious diseases with routine preventive care. Reach out to us today so that we can arrange for a health checkup for your animal companion!