How to Walk Your Dog Safely

Embrace Take a Walk in the Park Day with your furry companion on March 30th, yet be watchful for hidden dangers that could hamper an otherwise delightful day. While strolling your pup, take extra caution to look out for these potential hazards.

#1: Other dogs

Taking your canine companion for a walk can be risky business, particularly if either animal is reactive and escapes their collar. Even the most exuberant pup might be perceived as a danger when they run up to playfully greet another dog; therefore, keep an eye out for other dogs and watch your pet’s body language carefully so that you may recognize signs of stress or aggression. To avoid potential scuffles among large groups of pups at parks, try to stay away during peak times when such places are packed with visitors.

#2: Traffic

Pay close attention to approaching traffic when you take your pet for a walk in the park. Keep them by your side on a leash that’s securely locked, as an unlocked retractable or long lead may cause dangerous situations – they could dart into traffic, entangle bicycles and pedestrians, or break away if they spot something of interest. This way, you can both enjoy each other’s company without worrying about potential accidents!

#3: Parasites

Your pet park visits may be inviting; however, they can also invite unwelcome guests, such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites. To protect your furry friend from these external and internal pests all year round, administer preventives and thoroughly check their body upon return home to make sure nothing has taken up residence on them while out in the wild.

#4: Wildlife

As your canine companion takes in the sights and smells of their favorite park, they may stumble upon wildlife burrows, nests, or resting areas. While many wild animals will flee when approached by humans and dogs alike, some predators might become aggressive if they perceive a threat to themselves or their territory – so it’s best not to disturb them. Additionally, these creatures often carry harmful diseases and parasites; hence why it is beneficial for us all to keep our distance.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast with a furry companion, make sure they are safeguarded from any potential parasites and infections by securing regular preventative care. Contact our excellent staff to book your pet’s wellness appointment today!

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