It’s baseball season, and at many ballparks (major leagues included) you can bring your furry friend with you to enjoy the game. Check out your favorite minor or major league baseball team’s website to find out when the next “Bark in the Park” or “Dog Days” event is and buy a ticket for you and your best friend to go root, root, root for the home team!

Of course, a few precautions are in order to make sure everyone has fun.

6 tips on taking dogs to baseball games

1. Make sure your dog is fully vaccinated, including DHPP, Rabies, and Bordetella (or kennel cough).

2. Make sure your dog is on a leash at all times, just in case your dog gets the notion to go try to catch that fly ball.

3. If your dog is not socialized towards other dogs or people and shows aggression, especially while on lead, it is probably better to leave him at home.

4. You may not have seats in the front row--make sure your pet is active enough to climb stairs with ease.

5. The crowds at baseball games can get quite rowdy, and often times fireworks accompany the games. If your dog is fearful or prone to anxiety, you may want to think again before bringing him to the game.

6. And should anything unexpected go wrong, having Petplan pet insurance can help save the day and provide you much needed peace of mind during the bottom of the 9th inning and every day after!

Game day snacks

It’s not a ball game without hotdogs, roasted peanuts, and Cracker Jacks, but don’t even think of giving your dog a taste of these baseball staples. Even though you’re not at the kitchen table, these are just like table scraps, and giving them to your dog can cause gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis.

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Hot dog!

Speaking of hot dogs, remember that baseball games can get pretty hot. While most parks will have special areas designated for dogs with water stations and kiddie pools, it may not be enough for dogs prone to overheating.

As much as you’d like to bring your dog with you to enjoy the game, if he is a brachycephalic (short-faced) breed like a Pug or English Bulldog, it would be better to leave him at home. The same thing applies to obese dogs or dogs with laryngeal paralysis, who may have trouble breathing if overheated.

What could be better than sitting in the sun with a hot dog and beverage on one side of you and your best friend on the other? I really appreciate that ballparks have designated pet days, as like many people, my dog is part of my family.

An added bonus of these special events is that often part of the proceeds from the game goes to benefit animal organizations, so while you’re having fun at the old ball game, you can also feel good that you’ve helped a pet in need.

May 18, 2011

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