From a dog’s perspective, what’s not to love about a dog park? Your favorite canine gets to run around off-leash, socialize with other dogs, and check out new sights that he doesn’t get to see every day at home. While you surely know that you must closely supervise your dog at any dog park, you may have given less consideration to the fact that you must prepare to ensure that he remains safe during every visit. Before you explore dog parks in Lake Elmo, Oakdale, Stillwater, or other nearby communities, keep the tips below in mind.
Make Sure Your Dog Has a Microchip
Even with your eyes on your dog every second, she could dart after a squirrel, another dog, or try to run due to fear of a sudden noise. With their four legs and smaller body size, most dogs can outrun humans any day of the week. The last thing you want is for your fun trip to the dog park to end in heartache when you lose your dog. Although your dog may have a collar and a tag with her name and your contact information, it could easily slip off or become caught on something.
A microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, gives you added peace of mind. It contains all of your contact information and is gently embedded beneath your dog's skin near her shoulder blades. That means it can never fall off. If your dog doesn’t find her way back to you, anyone who finds her can take her to the nearest veterinary clinic or animal shelter for scanning. The person who completes the scan can then contact you to come and pick up your dog.
A Vaccinated Dog is a Healthy Dog
The rabies vaccine is just one mandatory vaccine that you must obtain for your dog under Minnesota state law. This keeps him and others safe from catching this serious and often deadly disease. At Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo, we check your dog’s vaccination status at every preventive care exam. We will ensure that he stays on schedule with all required vaccines and provide you with information about optional vaccines at this appointment. The vaccine for Lyme disease is one example of the latter.
Since you can’t control whether other dogs at the dog park have received their vaccines, the best thing you can do is make sure that your own dog gets his vaccines on schedule. Unfortunately, dogs can easily pass serious diseases to one another. This is especially true when they’re in close quarters like at a dog park.
Don’t Bring Home Another Dog’s Parasites
Fleas can easily jump from one dog to another, and ticks are out in abundance this year. Before every visit to a dog park, make sure your dog has protection against fleas, ticks, heartworm, and other parasites. Some parasites are not only a nuisance, they can be fatal as well.
Above all, relax and have a wonderful time playing with your dog at the park!
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