Well, hello there summer weather! The sun is shining, the kids are outside playing and I just love how the warm weather brings us all outside. If you’ve got a dog in your family, I bet the two of you have been enjoying the sunshine as well. With the warmer weather brings the opening of the community dog parks. A place where you can let your dog run and play leash free and interact with other dogs.
While it’s a fun place for both of you to go, there are some safety precautions you should take to keep your dog safe and having fun. Also remember that by taking your dog to an unleashed dog park, you are responsible for your dog and you recognize and understand that there will always be some degree of risk to your dog at these places.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. shared in a press release that in 2012, their policyholders spent more than $8.8 million on medical conditions that are commonly associated with a visit to the dog park. The most common conditions according to the data pulled from Veterinary Pet Insurance Co include: insect bites, lacerations and bite wounds, sprains and soft tissue damage, head trauma, Kennel cough and, heat stroke.
Treating these conditions is not cheap to pet owners so of course, prevention is key. It’s important to follow some safety precautions when taking your dog to the dog park and following these tips can help reduce any accidents or injuries to your dog.
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