• Public Dog parks and cancer treatment... I was told to stay away. Any thoughts? My dogs are very unhappy with me.

    Asked by CrazyHarry on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Public Dog parks and cancer treatment...

    I was told to stay away. Any thoughts? My dogs are very unhappy with me.

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Lots and lots of germs at the dog park and if you're WBC's have been compromised by the chemo, you want to stay away from dog parks, sick people, anything that can make you sick.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Harry, I too have dogs that love the dog park soI can understand your problem. It is best to avoid places where there are lots of germs while on chemo or for about 6 weeks after surgery if at all possible and dog parks are one of those places. You should also be careful picking up after your dogs on walks, avoiding contact with the land mines they leave if at all possible. Using a pooper scooper or otherwise avoiding direct contact is best. But feel free to give them pets and scratch them and then promise them a big trip to the XXX park after you finish treatment. They will get by mine have. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      It's possible the dogs can pick something up and pass it to you. For now, I'd keep them in a fenced yard to give them fresh air if you have one. I also have a dog who absolutely loves very cold weather, but chemo has made me extremely sensitive to cold temperatures. I set her free in the yard and allow her to get her share of fresh air, outdoor scents and any other stimuli. I usually keep treats in the house to lure her back inside.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      CrazyHarry, you need your exercise as much if not more than your Dogs do. I train GSD's. I would suggest you walk them in an area that is not overrun with Dog walkers. A path on a wooded trail would be perfect. Dogs get exercise just by walking and its a good bonding type for you too plus you get all the benefits of the exercise that you need with treatment. If you cannot walk far all at once trying taking them a couple times per day for short walks. But protect yourself from ticks with long clothing and natural repellant approve by your onc.
      I can tell you I have never been fond of Dog Parks. And neither have my Vet's.Far too much disease and ticks.
      Perhaps you know of a few nice dogs and owners from the park experience that you can invite over for a dog play date if you have a fenced yard or they could invite you. In this way you can know that your dogs are playing with Dogs who have been vaccinated and are tick free. And make hand sanitizer gel your new friend.
      Have tubes stached everywhere.

      over 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I remember my Oncologist asking if I had pets to clean up after and told her no.

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      You could always try a dog walker if you need someone to take them for you. But for my money, walking them on your own is the best medicine possible. Animals are wonderful, so loving and funny. They can't help but help.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      If this advice came from one of your medical providers I would follow it. Definitely do walk your dogs elsewhere...multiple benefits for you and them!

      over 4 years ago

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