Take A Walk In The Park Day is coming up on March 30th. This is one holiday we know our canine pals will be delighted to celebrate! Going to parks is both fun and beneficial for Fido. However, there are some things to keep in mind. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet lists some of them below.
Going to a park is a great way for your canine companion to get his doggy workout in. The fresh air and change of scenery will also be good for him. Man’s Best Friend loves exploring and sniffing new grass! These things may be more important for your pet than you think. Dogs need both exercise and mental simulation to stay happy. This is also a good time to bond with your pup. A little time in nature with Fido can be chicken soup for the soul.
Always put your furry friend’s safety first. Before letting your pet off-leash, take time to vet Fido’s potential playmates. If you see any pooches bullying other dogs, take your canine pal for a walk and go back later. It’s also important for you to be responsible. If your pup has any aggressive tendencies, he probably won’t make a good playmate.
Make sure Fido is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control, especially his heartworm prevention. Dog parks can be hotspots for heartworm infestations, as they are transmitted from pup to pup via mosquito.
You don’t need to pack a suitcase for the park, but there are a few things you should have with you. Water is the most important one. Even if Fido’s favorite park has fountains, it’s best to have some fresh water in case they’re out of order. Consider getting your dog a water bottle with an attached dispenser. It’s also a good idea to bring a spare leash, some treats, and a pet first-aid kit. We recommend keeping copies of your pet’s vaccination records as well. Many parks require them. These are definitely something that is better to have and not need than need and not have. You may want to make Fido a designated doggy bag to keep in the car, and put everything in that.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dog’s health or care. We are your local veterinary specialist in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and we are always available to assist you!