3. Use Flea and Tick Preventives
Another important form of prevention for dogs planning to visit the dog park is the use of flea and tick preventives. There are many types to choose from — collars, spot-ons, oral medications, and more. Each type has its own method of application, onset of action, and duration of protection (some up to 12 weeks!). Ultimately, what's most important is that your dog is protected with a flea and tick preventive before going to the park. Dogs often come into close contact with each other and with grasses, shrubs, and bushes at dog parks. This gives fleas and ticks the perfect opportunity to latch onto new hosts — in this case, your dog. Discuss with your veterinarian what flea and tick preventive is best for your dog and situation. Additionally, check your dog for fleas and ticks after every visit to the dog park.