Risks in a Dog Park Visit

During summer, pet owners have developed a habit of taking their pets outdoors to play with them.

Based on the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization, the growth of dog parks has continuously expand being part of the United States’ city parks, with around 34% increase in the last five years.

Since there is an increasing number of canines that go around the dog park, the “VPI” or Veterinary Pet Insurance, the largest provider of health insurance for pets in the U.S., is working to let the pet owners know certain safety measures whenever they visit their preferred outdoor spots.

Around 2011, the VPI policyholders have spent over $8.6M on health conditions regarding the visit at the dog park. So, VPI checked their database of over 420,000 canines in order to identify certain medical conditions related to dog park visit. They have found out that the common health conditions related to dog park includes soft tissue injuries and sprains, bite wounds and lacerations, heat stroke or hyperthermia, kennel cough, head trauma, parasites, insect bites, and parvovirus. Any of these conditions generates greater amount on pet owners for their visit to vet.

Before considering a visit to dog parks, pet owners need to understand that these spots have their rules also. Here are some tips to make your short stay at a particular dog park safe:

Obey the declared rules and regulations.
Always watch over your dog.
Do not take along with you a puppy below four months old.
Ensure that your dog has an acceptable license.
Secure a collar on your pet/dog.
During warm days, keep away from the dog park on highest temperature hours, usually between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

It is important that you are attentive to certain symptoms of overheating like a bright red tongue, rapid panting, lack of coordination, and thick drooling saliva. If any of these occurs, visit a veterinarian at once to examine your dog.