Frisco RoughRiders: Bark in the Park

The Riders will host three nights at Dr Pepper Ballpark where fans will have the opportunity to bring their canine companion to the ballpark and also enjoy many other dog-related giveaways and activities! There is one more Bark in the Park on the schedule for this Summer and Legacy Vet will bet there!

Wednesday, August 30 (Gates open at 6 p.m. / 7:05 p.m. first pitch)
Legacy Veterinarians and Frisco RoughRiders






Keeping in mind that not everyone attending these nights is a “dog person,” we ask fans bringing their best friend to the ballpark to observe these basic rules so that everyone (whether they have two legs or four) can have a fun, memorable night at the ballpark!

Where to the Enter the Ballpark All dog owners should enter the ballpark through the designated “doggie gate,” which is the CENTER FIELD GATE, located on the Northeast side of Dr Pepper Ballpark. Owners are required to show up-to-date vaccination records, and must sign a liability waiver in order to bring your dog into the ballpark.

Doggie Tickets and Seating Areas Dogs are not required to have a ticket. Only human companions need a ticket for Bark in the Park Night!


Fans with dogs should enter the ballpark through the Center Field Gate after providing the dog’s shot records and signing the liability waiver form.

Dogs are only permitted to sit with their human companions in the Grass Berm seating section. Dogs and their owners can also walk along the concourse areas of Dr Pepper Ballpark. Dogs are not permitted to be in the seating bowl at any time, but are permitted to go anywhere on the grass berm.

Dogs ARE permitted in concession lines on the concourse, Founder’s Express concession lines, and Carnival Getaway Grill lines, but are NOT permitted inside the JCPenney Club, InTouch Grille, or Triple Play Tavern.

To purchase tickets for any of the three (3) Bark in the Park dates during the 2016 season use the below links (NOTE: you will want to select “Grass Berm”). You can also visit the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office on game day.


Doggie Water and Restroom Areas Water and doggie pools will be provided for dogs in the Grass Berm area. The “doggie rest room” area will be located directly outside the Center Field Gate. Fans are REQUIRED to scan their ticket out, then scan back in. Fans are also required to clean up after their dogs and baggies will be provided in that area. Should your dog have an accident inside the ballpark, please clean up after your dog or if necessary, alert your nearest RoughRiders usher or staff member so they can alert the cleaning crew immediately.

Other General Bark in the Park Night Guidelines

  • All dogs must be on a leash at all times!
  • The RoughRiders ask fans to observe a 1:1 human-to-dog ratio. We understand that many families have multiple dogs, so please recruit a friend to come along if you have more than one dog attending!
  • Fans are permitted to bring food and water into the ballpark for their dogs ONLY. Human food and drinks are not permitted to be brought inside the ballpark.
  • If your dog is known to be aggressive around other dogs, please be extra careful, or refrain from bringing him or her to the ballpark. Dogs who show aggression to other dogs or humans will be asked to leave the ballpark.
  • Have fun! The RoughRiders are pleased to provide a rare event in a public facility that permits people to attend with their dogs. Your cooperation and control of your dog will make the night fun and successful, even for those who don’t have a dog!


If you have additional questions on Bark in the Park Night with the RoughRiders at Dr Pepper Ballpark, please call (972) 334-1900.

Lost Pet Prevention Month & Microchips

This July is “National Lost Pet Prevention Month.” Established by PetHub in 2014, the annual event is designed to give pet parents focused, in-depth resources, tools and strategies for preventing a lost pet, as well as advice for getting them home quickly if they go AWOL (absent without a leash).

According to the National Council of Pet Population Study & Policy and the National Humane Society, a family pet is lost every two seconds in North America. The organizations also report that more than 10 million pets are lost each year and one out of three pets will be lost during its lifetime. However, only one in 10 pets is found. Such daunting statistics spurred PetHub to create National Lost Pet Prevention Month in order to start a national conversation and educational campaign to increase awareness of the lost, stolen and/or missing pet epidemic.

“We were very pleased with the level of social media engagement this event originally generated in 2014,” said PetHub CEO Tom Arnold. “Every year, we aim to take the conversation deeper, so more lives can be saved. Designating July as National Lost Pet Prevention Month underscores PetHub’s dedication to our mission: getting lost pets home as quickly as possible.””Pets are outside more and travel plans are in full swing, so the potential for pets to go missing spikes in July and August,” added Clemens. “We want to raise awareness of this issue in a way that benefits and educates pet parents, while making it easy to spread the word to friends and family.”MOST IMPORTANTLY: Does your pet have a microchip? If not, please schedule an appointment so that we can make sure that your pet can be identified if lost & then found. 

July 4th Pet Safety

The following are some July 4th pet safety tips from our friends at the American Veterinary Medical Association AMVA.

Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it.

Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after the July 4th festivities.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information. If you have horses, you might consider marking a safety (breakaway) halter with your contact information and leaving it on your horse during this stressful time.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs and horses – just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Are pasture fences secure enough to keep horses or other livestock confined? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • Keep horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far from the excitement and noise as possible.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.
  • Follow safe food handling and hygiene practices to protect your family and guests.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • Check your pastures and remove debris to protect horses and livestock.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

Pet Dehydration

So how can you tell if your pet is dehydrated? Our friends at the AKC have shared this information below about pet dehydration.  For additional details, go to: http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/warning-signs-dehydration-dogs/

Knowing the symptoms of dehydration in humans is something we take for granted when diagnosing ourselves, but most owners do not know the signs of dehydration in dogs.

This is unfortunate, since knowing the signs of dehydration can help you catch a serious medical condition before it gets out of control.

Here are some of the common symptoms to get you started:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy levels and/or lethargy
  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity

Some of these are obvious to the naked eye, but others, like skin elasticity, require a simple test.

To test for dehydration in dogs, gently pinch their skin between your thumb and forefinger. In well-hydrated dogs, the skin will spring back to its original position. The skin of dehydrated dogs, on the other hand, will take longer to fall back into place.

It is a good idea to test your dog’s skin when you are sure your dog is well hydrated, so that you have a base for what normal skin elasticity for your dog feels like. This is especially important for owners of wrinkly breeds, such as Bulldogs or Neapolitan Mastiffs, because their wrinkly skin might be misleading.

You can also test your dog’s gums for dehydration. Dogs’ gums are normally nice and moist, and in some cases, positively slimy. Dry, tacky-feeling gums, on the other hand, are a symptom of dehydration. If you’ve ever experienced a dry mouth as a side effect of a medication, then you have an idea of what this feels like.

As you are feeling your dog’s gums, you can also test for capillary refill time. Press your finger gently against your dog’s gums, and then remove your finger. In hydrated dogs, the area where you pressed will appear white for a second, and then return to its normal pink color almost immediately. In dehydrated dogs, the capillary refill time takes much longer.

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