Dog Park Awareness
What to watch out for at Dog Parks
written by: Meghan Dolan, DVM
When the weather gets nice, it's great to treat our pets to outside play with other dogs! Not only do they learn socialization and burn off extra energy, but owners can also interact with their dogs and other owners at the park thus creating a good life balance for both dogs and owners.
So what should you watch out for?
Dog Fights/Bite Wounds
Children at Dog Parks
All this being said, being an emergency veterinarian we see the animals that have unfortunate outcomes with visits to the dog park. However, actually taking your dog to the park and seeing the hundreds of dogs that go on weekends or evenings, the percentage of those that run into trouble is actually fairly low. Being aware of what could happen will decrease your likelihood of having to visit the emergency room with your pup and you will increase the positive interactions and involve your dog in a healthy lifestyle.
If you run into problems, Guardian Veterinary Centre is here 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We have 2, soon to be 3, locations in the Edmonton area so you can get the help you need fast! Guardian Veterinary Centre is located at 5620 - 99 Street, Edmonton Veterinarian's Emergency Clinic is dowtown at 11104 - 102 Avenue, and opening in Namao Centre at 15825 - 97 Street in June 2014, will be North Edmonton Veterinary Emergency Clinic.