Country walks: watch out for dangers your dog may face

Country walks: watch out for dangers your dog may face

With fall colours approaching their peak, you may want take your pet for a walk in the woods or out in the country. But there are risks you need to watch out for!

October 8, 2020

When fall comes around, walks in the great outdoors are a pleasant diversion, what with the dazzling foliage and Québec’s climate, which ensures that it’s just chilly enough to bundle up in a comfy wool sweater, but not so cold that you’ll be shivering. So it’s tempting to choose a nice country or woodland setting for your daily dog walk. The change of scenery, though, can mean a few hazards. Here’s what you need to take heed of while out walking with your pet in these environments. 

Watch out for insects
In rural and forested areas, there are more insects and parasites than in the city. To manage this risk, you can spray your pet beforehand with a mosquito repellent that’s suitable for her skin. That way, nasty pests won’t be as much of a bother. You can find the appropriate product at your local pet store. 

Beware bites
Outside the city, there are plenty more critters likely to bite your four-legged friend. Simply obeying him urge to play could place your dog in a situation where he disturbs a snake—and comes away from the encounter with a bite. Watch out where he pokes his snout, otherwise he could be bitten and poisoned. 

Careful of heat exhaustion
It can be extremely hot, even in the fall, so it’s important to keep doggie hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion. Always bring along plenty of water for her to drink during the walk and afterward. Temperatures can remain high well into autumn, so you still need to take your pet’s hydration needs very seriously. 

Mind your dog doesn’t run away 
To keep your pooch from taking off on a mad dash, it’s best to use a long leash. This will allow her to range fairly far, while giving you enough control to rein her in if, say, she wants to chase some poor squirrel. Also, before walking in the country, make sure your dog is used to coming back to heel when you call her. This will make your task much easier if she’s distracted at the sight of another animal. 

Once back home, don’t forget to give your dog a good brushing to make sure no insects have hitched a ride in his fur. It’s also a good idea to check his paws and ears to make sure everything’s normal. 

That’s about it! These few tips should ensure your dog walks are pleasant and safe. Enjoy the autumn!

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