Are you planning to go camping before summer ends? If so, you may very well want to take Fido with you. After all, Man’s Best Friend loves the Great Outdoors! Read on as a local Portland, OR vet offers tips on camping with dogs.
Before bringing Fido on a camping trip, make sure he is up to date on his parasite control products, as well as important vaccines, such as rabies. Your canine pal should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags.
When packing for the pooch, you’ll need to bring bedding (unless he’s sharing your tent), food, toys, treats, water, a leash, a first-aid kit, and waste baggies. (Tip: consider getting collapsible plastic dishes and a portable doggy water bottle/dispenser.) If you’re going swimming, bring a pet lifejacket along as well.
Training is very important, not just for good doggy manners, but for safety. Teaching Fido basic commands like Sit , Stay , Come , Heel , and Lay Down can help you stop your pet from running off into the woods or approaching a wild animal.
Dogs can get sick from drinking directly from streams, lakes, and ponds. Bring, boil, or treat water for Fido, and try not to let him drink from unknown water sources.
Be aware of some of the common dangers camping poses to dogs. Keep your canine buddy leashed, and don’t let him get too close to the campfire. Be sure to dispose of your trash, especially barbeque skewers and bones, immediately and securely.
Do a nose-to-tail check on your furry pal every day. Check Fido’s ears, nose, and toes, and under his collar. You’ll want to look for any cuts or scrapes, as well as ticks, burdocks, and foxtail seed awns.
Don’t forget to pick up after your pup! In some places, you may be able to bury Fido’s waste, but check local regulations.
If you will need to hike to reach your camping spot, check with your vet before bringing Fido along. Not all dogs are suited for vigorous activity. Senior dogs, puppies, small breeds, chubby canines, and pets with medical issues may be more comfortable staying in a doggy hotel.
Is your pet due for vaccines or an exam? Contact us today! As your local Portland, OR animal clinic, we are here to help.