Safety Tips for Camping With Dogs

Are you planning on taking Fido camping this summer? Just like us, our canine friends often love exploring new trails and areas, and enjoy an occasional change of scenery. Before taking your canine buddy on a weekend adventure in the wild, read these important tips from a local Lawrenceville, GA vet on camping safely with dogs.

Endurance

Not all dogs are well-suited for camping. If you’re going to a place that requires some hiking, make sure your furry buddy is up to the task by starting endurance training well in advance of your trip. Senior dogs, puppies, small dogs, and dogs with health issues may become tired very quickly, and may be highly susceptible to heat stroke. Brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, cannot pant as effectively as other dogs, and can become winded easily.

Shots

Make sure your pooch is current on all shots and vaccinations, especially rabies, before taking him camping. Keep copies of his paperwork with you at all times. If your dog has an encounter with a person or another animal and isn’t current on his rabies vaccine, you could find yourself in a world of legal trouble. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry!

Parasite Control

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can all transmit harmful diseases, and can also infect Fido with other dangerous parasites. Be sure your furry pal is up to date on his parasite control!

Training

Every dog should know and obey the five basic commands, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. These orders can be crucial to Fido’s safety, as they can help you keep him from running off into the woods or approaching a dangerous animal or area. That said, even if your furry friend is well-trained, we recommend keeping him leashed at all times.

Water

Bring along plenty of water for your four-legged pal. You may want to pick up a few collapsible plastic dishes, which can fold down to fit in your wallet. We know this may be easier said than done, but try not to let Fido drink from lakes, ponds, puddles, or streams, as the water may not be safe.

Supplies

In addition to water, you’ll need to bring Fido’s food and treats, as well as toys, a first aid kit, and bedding.

Please contact us, your Lawrenceville, GA veterinary clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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