There are many factors in the environment and outdoors that can pose a risk to your dog. While the outdoors is the perfect place for your dog to explore and discover new sights and smells and socialize on long walks, it’s always important to make sure your dog is best protected whenever they are spending any time outside.
Step 1: Keep on Top of Vaccinations
Vaccinations are there to keep your dog protected against common issues and diseases that they may be exposed to. Keeping your dog protected includes making sure it has its regular injections, which should start from a young age if you have a puppy, or from as soon as possible if you get an adult dog.
Step 2: Maintain Your Dog’s Flea and Worm Treatment
Your dog will be exposed to fleas and ticks from the environment, especially if exploring in long grass or anywhere ticks are
known to be found during certain seasons. Keep your dog safe by maintaining a strict flea and worming schedule to protect it against these common threats.
Step 3: Explore Safe Areas
Where you take your dog has a profound effect on any threats. You need to choose a dog-friendly route, ideally in an open space, without too many hazards. If you’re exploring unknown territory, you never know what you (or your dog) might find. This could include uneven or sharp ground that could cause cuts or wounds on your dog’s paws, for instance.
If you’re worried about a serious wound you find on your dog after a walk, be sure to contact an emergency vets.
Step 4: Pay Attention to What They’re Sniffing or Eating
Risks of your dog ingesting something dangerous depend on where you are. Often, it might simply be food or something left in the street by others which your dog might decide to eat. This may lead to illness or vomiting later. However, in more serious circumstances, such as exploring woodland or unknown areas, your dog might decide to consume toxic or poisonous plants or fungi.
So always make sure you’re paying attention to what they’re showing an interest in.
Step 5: Take Water with You
This is extremely important on hot days for long walks. Be sure to always have fresh water available for your dog to ensure it doesn’t get dehydrated and find shade if you can.
Step 6: If in Doubt, Keep on a Leash
Having confidence that your dog will remain safe off the leash is dependent on your training and the area you are exploring. Even the best-trained dogs can run into difficulty off the leash, at no fault of their own, such as other dogs approaching them or traffic causing a hazard.
The best option to make your dog safe is to keep it on a leash and in your sight at all times. This prevents any issues or threats and will stop your dog from getting lost or running off.
Keeping on a leash can best help control many of the factors discussed here and makes for a much more confident walk with your dog in built-up areas.
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