Did you know that March 30th is Take A Walk In The Park Day? We suspect that this unofficial holiday would go over quite well with many of our canine companions. Going to the park is one of the best things ever, as far as Fido is concerned. (Then again, car rides, belly rubs, ear scritches, dinner, walks, and naps are also the best things ever, as far as Fido is concerned.) Read on as a local New Orleans, LA vet offers some advice on taking your furry buddy to the park.
Make sure that your furry pal is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control. We also strongly recommend spay/neuter surgery. These things are actually required by many parks. It’s a good idea to keep copies of your pup’s paperwork with you, perhaps in your glove box or on your phone.
Unfortunately, not every pooch at the park is going to be on their best behavior. Before letting Fido go off-leash, take a minute and watch the dogs that are already there. If you see any pooches that are acting aggressive or bullying other dogs, take your canine buddy for a walk instead. You can always come back later!
Throwing a ball or Frisbee for your canine pal to catch sounds like a great day afternoon. However, if there are 30 other dogs there, you could stir up a bit of a melee. This rule also applies to treats and food. If you bring a lunch with you to eat at a table while Fido runs and plays with his friends, don’t take something that will give off a strong scent.
Going to the park can actually be very beneficial to Fido. He gets to interact with other dogs, which is great for his emotional and mental health. The exercise, fresh air, and stimulation are also great for him. Of course, getting outdoors and enjoying some pretty scenery will do you a world of good too. Don’t think of this as a chore: think of it as quality time with your furry bff.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your New Orleans, LA veterinary clinic, we’re always happy to help!