A Note from Dr. Kaser
Parasite Prevention at the Dog Park
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my? More like hookworms, whipworms, and giardia, oh my! It's no secret that our canine companions carry parasites that can be transferred to other dogs through their poop. (Not so fun fact, intestinal parasites are zoonotic and even you can contract them, too!) Year-round parasite prevention is the key to parasite control, especially if your dog is social and goes to the dog park frequently. Through a study done by JAVMAnews back in 2020, researchers found more than one fifth of dogs at dog parks across the country were shedding parasites. Flea and tick and heartworm preventatives, either topical or oral, as well as year-round wellness visits with your vet (where they'll test a fecal sample), cleaning up after your pup at the park, and washing your hands, are major ways to help with parasite control. This will also help prevent other parasites, such as roundworms, coccidia, and tapeworms. The best way to keep our companions happy is to keep them healthy, and staying on top of parasite control will always do just this!
Other tidbits to keep in mind: please make sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccines, including rabies, as it is licensing season here on Cape Cod. In order to register your dog with your town and obtain a license for them, you will have to provide proof of rabies. Reach out to your primary veterinarian to obtain a copy of your pet's rabies certificate!
If you love and spend time at the park, please consider a donation of any size to help us maintain and improve it. Contributions fund things like mutt mitts and cleaning supplies, along with planned improvements like more shade tress and agility equipment. And 100% of your contributions are tax deductible.Thank you for your support!