How To Prevent Pet Hazards When Walking Your Dog

On March 30, commemorate Take a Walk in the Park Day with your canine companion, but prevent dangers from ruining your wonderful day. The following problems should be watched out for when walking your pet.


#1: Other pets

It could be disastrous to run into another dog, especially if either dog is reactive and manages to escape their collar. Your pet may perceive friendly, leash-free dogs as a threat when they bound up to welcome them, making them dangerous. To guarantee that your dog behaves calmly and comfortably when confronted by another dog, keep a close eye out for other dogs and observe your pet’s body language. Avoid parks at busy periods if possible to prevent a probable dog fight among a large pack.


#2: Traffic

When walking to a park, keep a close eye out for oncoming traffic, including cars, bicycles, and other pedestrians. To avoid accidents, ensure your pet always remains near you. 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, mainly because they are teeming with the right prey. You may shield your pet from internal and external parasites by giving preventives year-round and routinely inspecting your pet from nose to tail for hidden bugs when you get home.


#4: Wildlife

Your dog will probably find wildlife nests, burrows, and resting places as they follow their nose around the park. When people and pets approach, wild animals usually flee, although some may become hostile in order to defend their young, food supply, or home. Also, it is advisable to avoid disturbing wild animals because they are frequent transmitters of diseases and parasites.


If you and your pet like to spend time outside, make sure they receive routine preventive treatment to keep them free from parasites and infectious diseases. Call our staff to make an appointment for your pet’s wellness check.