Do you want to bring your furry friend to a local dog park? If so, you need to take certain precautions to protect the health and safety of your pet and other animals. Here are four things you should do before you bring your pooch to the dog park.
You should get your dog spayed or neutered Letting a dog that isn’t fixed wander into the dog park is just asking for a fight to break out. This is because unaltered animals tend to be more aggressive than those that are spayed or neutered. Additionally, getting your dog fixed can prevent unintended breeding, improve your dog’s mood and prevent reproductive diseases. Neutering or spaying your dog is one way to ensure that visiting the dog park is fun and safe. You should bring your dog up to date on all necessary vaccinations Making sure your dog has been vaccinated against contagious illnesses is a must if you’re planning to visit the dog park. Pet vaccination will prevent your dog from getting sick. You should ensure your dog is sufficiently socialized Some dogs are timid and would rather avoid interacting with dogs they haven’t met. They can become anxious if the environment is too rowdy. You can linger outside the dog park on your first visit to see how your dog reacts to the new space. Alternatively, you can return at a later time when it’s quieter and largely empty. This way your timid dog will still have the chance to run around in a big, fenced-in area. You should be conscientious of what your dog does at all times As a dog owner, it’s imperative to know what your pet is doing at all times when they’re out in public. Losing a pet can be traumatic, but being attentive can ensure you avert losing track of your pooch. In addition, it’s a good idea to get your pet microchipped. If you’re hoping to protect your dog from being lost or stolen, a microchip is a good investment. Veterinary Services in the GTA Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital offers dog neutering and spaying, pet vaccination and microchip services out of our clinic. We’re open every day of the week and are happy to serve pets living in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham and the surrounding areas. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.