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Posted on 08-05-2013
We all want our pets to enjoy themselves as they exercise. Many pet owners visit their local dog parks to encourage interaction with other dogs and to run freely. Our Sarasota veterinarians at Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic encourage pet owners to exercise their pets frequently, but in a safe manner to avoid dog park dangers.
To leash or not is a long-standing debate among pet owners where unleashing can pose serious risks to dogs. An inherent risk at dog parks is the fact that many dogs are untrained and unpredictable. If your dog is trained, but others are not, it is possible your dog could be attacked by unleashed dogs resulting in bite wounds. If you allow your dog to run unleashed, we suggest your dog has been trained beforehand and you keep a close eye on your dog.
Keeping a close eye on your dog keeps those from drinking dirty water that may have naturally pooled or been left behind by another owner. Giardia is a serious GI illness that can result from drinking dirty water. Our Sarasota veterinarians encourage pet owners to bring their own water and water bowls.
Fleas and ticks pose serious threats for dogs as well. By coming into contact with other animals and simply attending the park, fleas can use your dog as a new host. Watch out for parks in remote wooded areas where ticks are more commonly found. Ticks pose a serious bacterial threat to dogs and should be avoided as well as possible.
If your dog has faced any of these dangers, our Sarasota veterinarians at Bee Ridge Veterinary Clinic are ready to see you now.
What is your favorite dog park to visit?
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