The weather is warming up, so you might be thinking about taking your dog to the local dog park. Before you go, though, you should take some precautions to avoid the spread of disease. Make sure your dogs are vaccinated, says Dr. Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center, because illnesses can spread at dog parks. Make sure that you and your pet are protected against fleas and ticks, and that your dog is also protected against heartworm. Talk to your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up-to-date on his or her vaccines and about flea/tick and heartworm preventives.
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