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Ah, it's summertime, a chance for dog owners to enjoy the great outdoors with their dogs. Although I have always enjoyed going to dog parks with my dogs, I've recently read some cautionary tales I thought I would share with you.
According to Dr. Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center, you need to be aware that dog parks can be a breeding ground for germs, bacteria and parasites found not only in the soil but the air as well. She suggests making sure your dog is properly vaccinated before venturing to a dog park. Additionally, if there is a large number of dogs socializing, kennel cough can be another hazard.
Dog parks can indeed be a cesspool of disease if dog owners bring dogs with fleas, ticks or dogs that are not vaccinated.
Here's some tips from Bark Busters top keep your dog healthier:
Although dog parks can be great fun for your dog, there can be risks involved. Any time you have a group
of dogs together there is a risk of injury. By keeping a close watch on your dog, you can interrupt anything
you don't like before it becomes a problem. The main thing is you want your dog to have a safe experience.
Additionally, not all dogs are dog park dogs. No worries, there are plenty of other outdoor activities you and your dog can do together.