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A Warning About Fetch: Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Injury Free


Playing fetch with your pup is one of the most enjoyable and fun ways to bond and exercise with them. However, there are a few hidden dangers that you need to be aware of to keep your dog safe and healthy. Let's explore the risks associated with playing fetch with your dog, why injuries happen, and how to prevent them.


Risks

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) tear

  • Choking

  • Heat Stroke

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Stress Fractures

Why Injuries Happen

  • A dog’s entire body works to move themselves forward in an explosive burst of movement. This movement is often performed by dogs with little to no warm up period

  • A dog is focused on the ball (prey) and is not thinking about safely moving their body

  • A dog has to use their muscles in strange and unusual ways to slam on the brakes to slow down and grab the ball. Their muscles have to work very hard to do this

  • A dog opens their mouth as wide as they can to grab the ball. If the ball is small enough and they grab it with enough force it can get lodged in their throat

How to Prevent Injuries

  • Do warm up exercises with your dog before playing fetch

  • Begin with slow and controlled ball playing

  • Keep the throwing low and controlled

  • Do not play fetch on a slippery surface

  • Help your dog build good core strength before playing fetch

  • Play fetch with a larger sized ball

  • Provide frequent breaks and water

  • Avoid playing in the middle of the day on a hot day

Playing fetch with your pup is a fun and rewarding experience, but it's important to be aware of the potential dangers and take the necessary precautions to keep your dog safe. By following the tips listed above, you can ensure that your dog stays healthy and happy during playtime. So grab a ball and get ready to have some fun with your pup!

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