While these risks should pose some level of weariness, those concerns can be easily mitigated if given the right amount of foresight and preparation. For example, dogs getting sunburns happens quite often, but ensuring they are given ample opportunity to rest in the shade can help reduce the severity of any burns. If they do get burned, or happen to find the one patch of poison ivy in the whole forest, there are natural solutions you can use to help ease some of the discomfort, as well as speed up the healing process.
Overheating and heat stroke or exhaustion are easily avoidable as well, by once again providing opportunities for shade, and ensuring there is ample water to help your pets cool down.
Getting outside often to desensitize your pets to new sights and smells, combined with properly training your pets, can help if they become unleashed, though having treats on hand is never a bad idea. If they do run away, ensuring your pets are tagged in one way or another can help them find their way back home.
With proper obedience training, most of these should not be major concerns. However, if your pet happens to catch an unsuspecting victim, or eats something they shouldn’t – there is no substitute for a visit to the vet as soon as possible.
Overall, the Pros outweigh the Cons.
While there are certain risks with your pets being outdoors, they can all be easily mitigated with an ounce of prevention.
You almost always get to experience sunshine when you step outside, compared to the amount and intensity of sun needed to cause a sunburn.
Your pet’s boredom will always be alleviated by a walk outside. Each time you take your pet outside also means a certain level of exercise, even if it is just a brisk walk around the block, means a healthier heart and mind for both you and your pet.