Mar 29

How To Avoid Pet Hazards When Walking Your Dog

Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day with your four-legged friend on March 30, but don’t let
hazards ruin a perfect day. Keep your eyes peeled for the following issues when walking your

#1: Other dogs
Running across another dog could spell disaster, especially if either dog is reactive and manages
to slip their collar. Friendly, off-leash dogs can also be a danger because your pet can see them
as a threat as they bound up to greet them. Keep a watchful eye out for other dogs, and
monitor your pet’s body language to ensure they remain relaxed and calm when faced with
another dog. If possible, steer clear of parks during busy times to avoid a potential altercation
among a large pack of dogs.

#2: Traffic
When walking to a park, keep a sharp eye out for traffic, whether oncoming vehicles, bikes, or
pedestrians. Ensure your pet stays close by your side to prevent accidents. A pet on an unlocked
retractable or long leash can dart into traffic, clothesline a bicyclist, or wrap around passersby,
or the leash may break if your dog lunges at a squirrel.

#3: Parasites
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites enjoy park habitats, especially since they are
filled with their ideal victims. Protect your pet from internal and external parasites by
administering preventives year-round and always checking from nose-to-tail for hidden bugs
when you return home.

#4: Wildlife
As your dog follows their nose around the park, they likely will sniff out wildlife burrows, nests,
and resting areas. While wild animals will typically run off when people and pets get close, some
may protect their young, food source, or home and turn aggressive. Additionally, wild animals
are often disease and parasite vectors, so they are best left undisturbed.

If you enjoy the outdoors with your pet, ensure they are protected from infectious diseases and
parasites with regular preventive care. Give our team a call to schedule your pet’s wellness

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