The Pros and Cons of Retractable Leashes

When it comes to pet care products, dog owners know there’s no end to the available products on the market, and leashes are no different. Dog owners can choose retractable leashes or traditional leather or nylon leashes that come in a wide variety of lengths, colors, and patterns.

Retractable leashes have been growing in popularity in recent years, but they can put pets and people at serious risk of injury, trauma, or worse. The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed some light on this controversial issue so our readers can make an informed decision when it comes to walking their four-legged best friends.

Retractable Leashes 101

Retractable leashes are essentially thin cords that retract into a large, plastic handle. The cord is attached to a spring-loaded mechanism inside the handle, and a button on the outside allows the walker to control how far the leash can extend at any given time.

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National Walk Your Dog Month: Ten Great Reasons to Celebrate

dog leather leashLast week, as you may recall, we wrote about the importance of keeping your pet active during the winter months and gave you pointers on pet-friendly winter activities. This week, we wanted to follow up with some encouraging reasons as to why dog walking has health benefits for both dog and owner alike.

Here are a few of our favorite reasons to enjoy a walk with your pet. January was National Walk Your Pet Month and we are motivated to inspire you to grab your pet’s leash and head outside for some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. Continue…