Camping is a summer staple! Grabbing the tent, packing up the car, and heading out to an adventure is a wonderful way to spend a summer weekend. Camping with your dog can be an extremely rewarding experience for both you and your pup, but may take some extra preparation. Don’t worry, we have you covered!
Follow these camping tips and you will have a wonderful outdoor adventure with your pup!
1. Pick Your Campsite
Probably the most important thing you can do is to make sure that the campsite you are heading to is pet friendly. Seems obvious, right? But different campsites have different restrictions, and you should do your research to make sure you aren’t breaking the rules by letting your dog off leash or in the water.
2. Bring Water
Don’t let your dog drink out of standing water in the campsite or along any trails! Drinking out of standing water can cause your dog harm because they can pick up bacteria and diseases that live in that puddle. Bring your own water, and a portable water bowl for your dog to drink out of while you are camping or hiking.
3. Tick And Flea Prevention
Now that warmer weather is finally upon us, protecting our pets from outdoor pests is crucial. Heavily prevalent in wooded areas, ticks and fleas are a threat to your pet’s health. Make sure your dog is protected, and that you know what to do when you find a tick, before you go exploring the wilderness.
4. Current Tags/ID/Microchip
If your dogs are not microchipped, it might be a good idea to get that done before the trip. If they get spooked and run away, losing their collars and tags in the process, a microchip allows a vet or an animal shelter to get in touch with you. It’s a good idea all of the time, but especially when you are in an unfamiliar area for you and your pet.
5. First Aid Kit
No camper should be without a first aid kit for themselves, and don’t forget about your dog either! This travel-size first aid kit is full of travel necessities that every dog adventurer needs. Get your own here.
6. Up To Date On Vaccines
It is important to keep your dog up-to-date on all vaccines throughout the year, but it is especially important before you go exploring new territory. Make sure they are up-to-date on rabies, distemper, and have had their heartworm medication. It is also a good idea to bring proof of vaccinations with you on your trip.
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7. Be Careful Around Fires
Bonfires are a camping staple, and can be very interesting for curious pups. Keep your dog on a leash, and at a safe distance from any fire. If you notice signs of distress or anxiety when you are having a fire, it is best to put it out and find another activity.
8. Poop Bags
Cleaning up after your pet is just common sense, but you would be surprised how often people leave their dogs business out in public places, especially at a campsite. Don’t be that person! Bring your own set of poop bags so that you can properly dispose of your pet’s waste, no matter where it lies.
Do you take your dog camping? Share your tips with us!
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