Leash free dog parks are a wonderful idea for dogs as they provide a excellent opportunity to exercise and socialize your dog. There’s nothing more enjoyable than watching a group of dogs chasing and playing with each other in a way that they never could at home. These wonderful areas can also pose some significant health risks for your dog if you don’t take precautions. Leash free dog parks allow your dog to come in closer contact with other dogs than they normally would. This makes it very easy to transfer infectious diseases and parasites like Kennel Cough (Bordetella bronchiseptica), Parvovirus, Distemper, Roundworms, Hookworms and others. These diseases can result in serious and occasionally fatal infections in some dogs. At the Main West Animal Hospital in Welland we want you to enjoy these areas with your dog. Contact us at 905-735-7877 to make sure your dog is up to date on their vaccines and parasite prevention before you start taking them out the leash free parks in the Niagara Region.