Dogs of all breeds, ages, state of health, and temperament all abound in the dog park. Though the place encourages interaction and developing social manners, canine visitors to the dog park can be exposed to certain risks such as parasites, infectious diseases, or getting involved in a dog fight.
Any of these unfortunate situations can possibly get your pet very ill. Thus, when visiting the dog park, pet owners should observe certain precautionary measures to avoid bad experiences.
One way to protect your dog is to ask your veterinarian if your dog’s flea and heartworm medications, as well as vaccines are current. This is very important before visiting the dog park with your pet. Your dog will be in very close proximity with other dogs in the park and this can significantly increase your pet’s exposure to many health issues.
It is also a good idea to ask your veterinarian for additional vaccinations that can protect your pet from diseases like Lyme disease, kennel cough, etc.