Camping with your dog is easy and fun. Dogs are great company on camping trips and most dogs enjoy being outside and exploring on nature trails and the surrounding area. While many places allow pets, it’s important to make sure you take the proper steps to keep him safe on the trip.
Follow these tips before your next camping trip with your dog.
Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations, including rabies and bordetella. Your dog should be healthy before going on a camping trip. It’s never a bad idea to see the vet for a check-up so you know your dog is ready for the adventure.
Lease, Collar and Identification Tag
Your dog probably already has a collar and tag with contact information, but if not, that is a must-have in case your dog should get away from you. You will also need to bring along a lease for your dog because no matter how well behaved she is, it’s important that other campers know you are in control of your dog. You may know what excites, scares and calms your dog, but it’s impossible to predict certain situations and its best to be prepared for anything.
Copy of Dog Records
Its best practice to have a copy of your dog’s records on hand in case there is an emergency and your dog has to go to a nearby vet. It’s also reassuring for neighboring campers that you can provide information that your dog is healthy and up to date on vaccines.
Flea and Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks can be anywhere, especially in a wooded area. Your dog will likely be outside exploring the new area and could easily pick up bugs. It’s also best to apply the medicine a few days before your trip so you know it won’t wash off if he jumps in a lake or gets wet from rain.
First-Aid Kit for Your Dog
Pack basic things that could come in handy like tweezers to remove ticks, hydrogen peroxide to clean wounds and bandages.
Whether it’s a blanket or dog bed, make sure your dog has something to keep them off of the ground at night. Also remember to bring a tarp or plastic sheet to act as a barrier between your dogs bedding and the cold or wet ground – this will help keep it clean and dry and more comfortable for your dog.
Plenty of Food and Water
Food and water is not only important for you, but your dog as well. Be sure you have enough food, at least two extra days worth, and plenty of water. Your dog will be outside and moving around a lot so he might require even more water than normal. Use waterproof and sturdy storage for the food to keep it fresh and to keep bears and other animals from investigating.
Enjoy your camping trip and plan ahead to keep you and your dog safe. Use these tips to make the proper preparations for your next adventure. Get outside and have fun!