Dog parks are a great place to socialize dogs and let them play, but they also have some hidden dangers, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.
Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor the university’s Veterinary Health Center, has some tips to keep visits to dog parks safe and healthy for dogs and dog owners.
Before visiting a dog park, Nelson said it’s important that your dog is current on its vaccinations. Puppies should be fully vaccinated first before allowing a visit.
Many viruses and parasites that affect dogs and humans can be picked up at dog parks or other outdoor venues, according to Nelson. These diseases can be found in the soil, water and even the air.
“Many of these serious diseases can be fatal, even with treatment,” Nelson said. “But good vaccines are available to prevent them. Owners should talk to their vet to make sure that their dogs are up to date with any other vaccinations that may be needed, especially for canines that will frequent dog parks.”
Among the diseases your dog should be vaccinated against include parvovirus, canine distemper, rabies and various respiratory diseases.
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