ESSENTIAL THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GO CAMPING WITH A DOG
Having a furry companion while camping is a fun way to appreciate the great outdoors, but keep in mind that your pet’s needs aren’t the same as yours. There are many things you should consider regarding your pet’s safety if you’re thinking about camping with a dog. Here are some tips to keep in mind before going on a camping trip with your four-legged pal.
KNOW YOUR LOCATION
Different camping parks have different rules regarding pets. You may find that some don’t allow pets while some do. Even pet-friendly campsites have different rules regarding the entry of pets.
Before your trip, make sure to research about pet-friendly campsites. Read up on their pet-related rules and make sure to follow them. Additionally, find out if those campsites have veterinarians on-standby. If not, it’s best if you find out where the nearest vet clinic is, in case of emergencies.
UPDATE YOUR DOG’S ID AND MICROCHIP
The outdoors is a huge place for your dog to roam around in. And no matter how much you try to avoid it, your dog may still get lost. Having a pet I.D. tag will be handy when this happens. If your dog is wearing one, you’d have a better chance of getting him back if someone manages to find him.
Additionally, keeping your dog’s microchip updated will tremendously help in this situation.
MAKE SURE YOUR DOG’S VACCINATIONS AND PREVENTIVE MEDICATIONS ARE UP-TO-DATE
There are many sicknesses your dog can catch while they’re outdoors. Diseases like distemper, parvo, hepatitis and rabies from wild animals can put your dog in grave danger. Before you go out camping with a dog, make sure his vaccines are up-to-date to avoid catching these diseases.
Illnesses from viruses and bacteria are not the only ones you should worry about. Your dog can also get ticks and fleas while out camping with you. To prevent further complications from happening, make sure his preventive medications are also up-to-date.
BRING CLEAN WATER
Dogs are naturally curious creatures, and they might end up touching, picking up or ingesting some things that can hurt them. Poisonous plants and berries, insects and unclean water are some of the things that can harm your dog.
Drinking contaminated water or food may cause your dog to have gastrointestinal problems. While out camping, your dog has access to numerous sources of standing water — such as a still creek or puddle — where bacteria thrive. Wild flora hazardous to dogs may also grow around camp. To prevent your dog from being tempted to ingest harmful plants and contaminated water, it’s best to bring a supply of clean food and water to give your pets.
One of the best ways to appreciate nature and the outdoors is by enjoying it with someone you love, and your pet dog is no exception. However, there are many precautions you must consider before you go camping with a dog. Just following some of the tips above is a step towards making sure a trip with your pets will be hitch-free.
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