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May 29

Be Considerate When Using Dog Parks

DogParkWith weather warming up and the sun shining longer, it is natural to want to be outside with your pets. More of us want to take our dogs to a dog park to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. However, if you are unfamiliar with dog parks, there are a few things you should know so you and your pet maintain proper dog park etiquette.

Stay Up-to-Date on Vaccinations

Make sure your dogs are all up-to-date on their vaccinations. While many dog parks require proof that the dog has their current vaccinations, some are not monitored as closely. Because of this, there may be dogs visiting the dog park that aren’t as up on all their vaccinations. If your dog interacts with another dog that isn’t up-to-date, he or she may be at risk for contracting an illness.

Be Aware of Size

Even if you have a smaller dog that is comfortable around larger dogs, size still matters and should be something you are aware of. If your dog park does not have a separate area for smaller dogs, make sure to keep your dog close to you and don’t allow any wrestling among your dog and larger breeds. Although they may not mean harm, a larger breed can hurt a smaller dog during play time unintentionally.

Keep Pets Hydrated

Yes, most dog parks do offer some source of water for the dogs playing in their area. However, with these community drinking locations you can run the risk of spreading illnesses between dogs. This is why it is safest to bring your own collapsible dog bowl with you. If they have a source of water available, simply fill up your bowl. However, if no clean unused water is available I also recommend you bring your own jug of water with you. 

Don’t Forget to Clean Up

OK, so none of us necessarily enjoy this step, but it is one of the biggest gripes we hear from dog park attendees. If your dog uses the restroom in the dog park, it is your responsibility to clean up any solid pieces your pet leaves behind. Many dog parks will have bags and waste bins available, but you should keep a few baggies with you in case none are available.

If you stick with us and follow these simple rules, you and your pet will have a safe and healthy time at the dog park. There are numerous dog parks in the area for you to try out including one right at our animal center at 1661 Nicholas Road in Dayton. Make it an adventure with your pet. Try out the different parks and have some fun as we all welcome in the warmer spring air!    

Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 113 years ago, it is the largest and most established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit

Apr 18

7 Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet

medicalsuppliesWe have all enjoyed the glimpse of spring weather recently, but as the temperatures start to warm up we will also see an increase in the numbers of unwanted litters of cats within our community. Spring is what we like to refer to as kitten season. It is the time of the year where cats reproduce and shelters all across the Miami Valley are flooded with litters of kittens in need of new homes.

With so many stray cats in our community, spaying or neutering plays a huge part in battling overpopulation in a humane and effective way. In Montgomery County alone, there are more than 50,000 free-roaming cats. Most of these cats came from unaltered animals reproducing at a rapid rate. These stray animals can pose many problems for our community. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents or damage to a vehicle and can frighten children.

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Apr 11

Keep Pets Safe When Gardening


We’ve all heard of the potential risks that household items can pose to our pets, but protecting our animals shouldn’t stop once we leave the confines of our home. This time of year, many of us spend time outdoors tending to our gardens, but did you know there are things in your garden that can create a potentially harmful situation for your pets. Here are just a few of the things you will need to look out for to keep your furry friends safe.


Although fertilizers can provide your plants with the food they need to grow and flourish, they can also wreak havoc on your pet’s stomach. If your pets digests fertilizer they can have an upset stomach or could even get a life-threatening obstruction in their gastrointestinal tract. To solve this problem, read the instructions on your fertilizer and make sure you follow the recommended waiting period before you let your pets outdoors.


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Apr 4

Ask Questions Before Adopting a Pet

bunny in handsIf you have children you have inevitably heard the begging and pleading for a puppy, kitten, fish, bird, rabbit, hamster or even a pony. Yes, adopting an animal can be an exciting time for any family, but before you give in to the begging, ask yourself these simple questions to ensure you get a pet that fits all of your family’s needs.

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Mar 7

Avoid These 10 Everyday Things Toxic to Pets

In honor of March being Poison Prevention Month, I thought this would be a great time to remind you about some everyday household items that can be toxic and even deadly to your pets. We all want to keep our pets healthy and safe. If at any time you believe your pet has consumed something that can be harmful, you should contact your vet immediately or call the ASPCA’s 24-hour poison prevention hotline at 888-426-4435. Here are a few items to avoid.



Flowers in the lily family can be extremely toxic to cats. If consumed, these plants can cause kidney failure or even death to your cat. Other plants such as poinsettias can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, blistering in the mouth and can make it difficult for your pet to breathe.


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