Ensure Pet Health and Safety for Park Trips

2015-04-23 02:41:39

Spring is in the air, warm weather is showing up everywhere and people are ready for weekends out of the house.  When families start to venture outdoors local parks, camps, hiking trails, lakes and beaches get rather busy.  Many individuals that frequent these outdoor points of interest often bring their pets along for the fun.  A day at the park is a great way to get out and exercise pets and also spend some quality time together that is enjoyable for both people and pets.  However, when parks are full of other people and pets there are many dangers that could come into play that everyone must be aware of.  The new Pet Kept Secrets has a few tips for pet health and pet safety to make sure that everyone enjoys their time out this spring.

Make sure to keep a watchful eye on all pets.  Pets, like people, have different personalities and experience different wants and desires at different stages of life.  At any given time, there are dogs of all ages and temperaments at a park.  Some of these dogs want to run around and play rough with all the other pets, while others want to play a solo game of fetch with their favorite person, chase other animals around the park or maybe just sit and watch everyone else and enjoy the nice weather.  Often times, all these activities can take place in harmony because dogs, much like people, can sniff out who they want to play with and be around.  However, this is not always the case.  There is always a risk of an incident occurring where dogs do not get along.  Dogs are territorial animals by nature, so it only makes sense that some pets will feel threatened or in danger by the actions of others around them.  Be sure to keep an eye on all pets when at the park, not just your own.  Watch out for pets that may be overly aggressive, play at a different pace or appear timid when other pets confront them.  These signs can often times lead to dangerous situations at the park.  Try and keep pets separated from problems and playing with other dogs that they play well with.  Keep a watchful eye on all pets to help ensure safety at the park.

Make sure that all pets are well-trained and regularly around other people and dogs before taking them out to public places.  Parks, especially off-leash ones, present a lot pets with a rare opportunity to get out of the house and mingle with other dogs and their owners.  Often times dogs that are not well-trained or that do not spend much time out of the house will run off and not listen to the commands of their owner.  Be sure that your pet is well-trained before they go to a park and get the opportunity to run freely with other dogs and people.  Training is very important, especially when out in public.  It is key that your dog can be called from a distance and will come to you on command.  A person trying to go get their dog from the middle of a bunch of strange dogs they are not familiar with can be very dangerous.  This is often how people get bitten, even if by accident.  Dogs can be rather rough when they play and walking in the middle of it to separate them is not a good idea.  Make sure that dog can be called from a distance and will come on command to help keep pets separated from other pets they may not get along with.  This will help keep people at a safe distance from rough-housing dogs.  Having a well-trained dog is key in preserving pet safety and keeping people safe at the park.  Check out the new Pet Kept Secrets to watch our helpful professional dog training videos to make sure that your pet is thoroughly trained.

Finally, make sure that all pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations and flea, tick and heartworm prevention.  During the winter months, many pet parents decide to cut costs and stop heartworm, flea and tick prevention for their pets.  They figure that since their pets are not out much they don't really need it.  It is very important to keep up parasite prevention year round.  If a pet comes to the park that hasn't been treated, it is very easy for them to spread parasites to all other pets in close proximity.  So be sure that all dogs have been on a steady dose of monthly prevention before taking them to the park.  It is much easier to prevent a problem than treat an infestation.  The same goes with vaccinations.  Parvo and Bordetella run rampant this time of year.  Pet parents may not have been as cautious of keeping up with vaccinations through the winter, thinking that pets are secluded and kept in the house.  If an infected pet comes out to the park, it can be deadly for any pet that hasn't been vaccinated (especially puppies, small or old dogs).  So be sure to check with a veterinary professional to ensure that all pets have been updated on their vaccinations and that their boosters have been administered long enough to be therapeutic.  Pet health is very important, so closely monitor your pet's veterinary history and ask your vet any questions you may have.  These Pet Kept Secrets will help ensure that all pets and people will enjoy their lovely spring and summer afternoons at the park, hiking trails, campgrounds, lake or beach in a fun and safe environment.