Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Spring is in the air. Warm weather is starting to show up sporadically and people are getting ready for weekends out of the house. When families start to venture outdoors local parks, camp sites, hiking trails and lakes begin to 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 pet parents 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 a park at any given time, there are dogs that range from all ages. Some of these dogs want to run around and play rough with all the other pets, 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 and playing with other dogs that they play well with. Keep a watchful eye to help ensure pet safety at the park.
Make sure that all pets are well-trained and regularly around other people and dogs before taking them out to the park. 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 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. Check out the new Pet Kept Secrets to watch our helpful professional dog training videos to make sure that your pet is thoroughly trained. Training is very important, especially when out in public. 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 dogs 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 and 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.
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. 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 devastating for any pet that hasn't been vaccinated. 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 for them to be therapeutic. Pet health is very important.
These Pet Kept Secrets will help ensure that all pets and people will enjoy their lovely spring afternoons at the park in a fun and safe environment.