A recent study of dog feces collected from Colorado dogs suggests gastrointestinal parasites may be on the list of dog park dangers. Two intestinal protozoa, Giardia andCryptosporidium, were found more commonly in dogs frequenting dog parks than in dogs that did not. These two organisms are not controlled by heartworm preventatives as are hookworms and roundworms. Identification of these critters is one reason for your veterinarian’s recommendation of an annual fecal examination for your pet.
A coughing dog visiting a dog park may be a dog park danger, if he is infected with the bacteria causing kennel cough or the virus causing canine influenza……………..
If you are planning to start taking your buddy to a dog park make sure he's up to date on all vacinations. Also discuss the planned park visit with your vet and see if there are any other precautions you can take. If you have been to the dog park and your dog has become ill, get to your vet and have it checked out right away.