Watch Out On Walks: Hazards to Avoid When Walking Your Pet

Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day with your four-legged friend on March 30, but don’t let hazards ruin a perfect day. Be aware of the following issues when walking your pet.

#1: Other dogs

Running across another dog could spell disaster, especially if either dog is reactive and manages to slip their collar. Friendly, off-leash dogs can also be a danger, because your pet can see them as a threat as they bound up to greet them. Keep a watchful eye out for other dogs, and monitor your pet’s body language to ensure they remain relaxed and calm when faced with another dog. If possible, steer clear of parks during busy times to avoid a potential altercation among a large pack of dogs.

#2: Traffic

When walking to a park, keep a sharp eye out for traffic, whether oncoming vehicles, bikes, or pedestrians. Ensure your pet stays close by your side to prevent accidents. A pet on an unlocked retractable or long leash can dart into traffic, clothesline a bicyclist, or wrap around passersby, or the leash may break if your dog lunges at a squirrel.

#3: Parasites

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites enjoy park habitats, especially since they are filled with their ideal victims. Protect your pet from internal and external parasites by administering preventives year-round and always checking from nose-to-tail for hidden bugs when you return home.

#4: Wildlife

As your dog follows their nose around the park, they likely will sniff out wildlife burrows, nests, and resting areas. While wild animals will typically run off when people and pets get close, some may protect their young, food source, or home and turn aggressive. Additionally, wild animals are often disease and parasite vectors, so they are best left undisturbed.

#5: Retractable leashes

When using retractable leashes, pet owners are allowing their dog to walk a considerable distance away from them with little control over them. Oncoming traffic may not be able to spot your furry friend walking so far ahead, which could lead to serious injury or even death. To keep your pet safe, stick to a traditional leash and be sure to keep them close by your side when in public. Doing so will help protect your beloved pet from injury.

Ultimately, walking your dog should be a fun and safe experience for both you and your pet. By looking out for the dangers listed above and taking the necessary precautions, you can help ensure your pet’s health and well-being while walking!