Dog Parks : What you should know before visiting them

Dog parks are known to be a fun outing for your pooch, but one has to make sure they remain safe at all times whilst having fun.  The most common medical conditions associated to dog parks are bites, sprains and head injuries.

Dog Parks South Africa Common Pet Injuries

The most common injuries and health risks related to dog parks are the following:

  • Sprains and Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Bite Wounds
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Kennel Cough / Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Insect Bites, Ticks & Fleas
  • Head Trauma
  • Hyperthermia or Heat Stroke        

Each of these pet injuries or health problems has made it a costly affair for visiting parents of dog parks.

To avoid these common problems associated with visiting dog parks, pet owners need to spend more time paying closer attention to their pets while playing and being around other pets.

Dog Parks Common Pet Injuries Pet InsuranceThe key is fun and safety.  To avoid expensive accidents when you next visit your local dog park, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Aggressive, fearfull and unpredictable dogs should wear a yellow ribbon or bib.
  • Know the rules and regulations.
  • Keep your focus on your dog at all times.
  • Keep your focus on other dogs at all times.
  • Make sure your pet is easy identifiable if they go astray.
  • During the rainy seasons pets are prone to slipping on wet surfaces while they run or play.
  • Find a park that provides ample shade in summer times.
  • If the ground is too hot for you to walk bare feet on, then its too hot for your pet to walk / play on.
  • If you dog is panting like crazy, it needs to be cooled down immediately.  Gently pour water all over its head and body, avoid getting it into their eyes and ears.  Keep your pet in the shade and consider taking it to a vet immediately.
  • Muzzle your dog if you think they could pose a problem to other dogs, instead of depriving them of a fun walk in the park.
  • Avoid puppies younger than 4 months.  They could carry illnesses.
  • Puppies younger than 4 months should not be exposed to public areas. Ever.
  • It’s safer to go during off-peak hours.
  • Avoid taking your dogs favourite toy/s as this can cause a fight.
  • Check that your pets vaccinations are up to date.
  • Confirm with your local vet the best way to prevent them from picking up ticks and fleas from other dogs.


With all these possible risks you could be exposed to in a doggie park, consider taking out PawPaw Pet Insurance for any unexpected medical emergencies. 

These injuries and health risks are very real and with Pet Insurance you can be sure to know that your pet will be able to receive the best medical care without the financial stress.




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