Did you know that Lexington, KY has FOUR dog parks?! Fall is a great season for many reasons… including the perfect temperatures for outdoor playtime with your pet!
So how do we keep our pets safe while having fun at the park with other dogs? It’s crucial for pet parents to know and follow the rules for each dog park here in Lexington, KY. Here are some tips for pet parents to help keep our furkids safe:
- Follow the rules of the dog park (posted at each entrance).
- Keep an eye on your dog at all times.
- Make sure your pup is current on vaccinations, has a current city license and Bordatella vaccine. Please call the office at 859-263-5037, if you are unsure!
- Have you applied this month’s Frontline? Make sure you are giving a flea, tick and intestinal parasite preventative every 30 days to avoid bringing home these pesky ‘friends’.
- Leash your dog before exiting (accidents can happen just on the short walk from the enclosed dog park to the car)!
- If your pooch is under 4 months old, do not take them to the park! While you may want to take your new puppy everywhere, the dog park is not appropriate for puppies. Puppies that are younger than 4 months old have not finished their vaccinations and will be susceptible to illness.
- Make sure your dog has a collar with identification tag.
- 10am-4pm is most likely to be the hottest time of day, so try to avoid the park during these hours.
- Heat stroke symptoms to watch for are: excessive drooling or panting, 104-110 degree body temperature, twitching muscles, vomiting and/or bloody diarrhea, pale dry gums that are gray in color and tacky to the touch, staggering/stumbling when walking or inability to stand, wide-eyed look of distress or panic, difficulty breathing and increased heart rate. If any of these symptoms occur, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
- Bring water! Although 3 of the 4 dog parks here in Lexington have a water fountain, it is always best to have water on hand. Avoid bringing treats or food as it could cause conflict with other dogs.
- And lastly, be a pooper-scooper! Most of the dog parks have green, disposable bags at the entrance
If you have any questions about dog park safety, please do not hesitate to call us at 859-263-5037 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Lexington, KY has four dog parks: Coldstream, Wellington, Masterson Station and Jacobson. See map for location:
Lexington, KY also has a non-profit organization called Friends of the Dog Park whose mission is to create and sustain attractive off-leash areas in Lexington-Fayette County and promote responsible dog ownership through education and recreation. To find out more about this great, local organization, click here.