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Camping With Fido

June 1, 2017
Are you planning to spend some time in the Great Outdoors this summer? If so, you may very well want to take your dog with you. Fido loves exploring new places! Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. In this article, a Springdale, ON vet discusses camping with Fido.

Basics

Make sure your furry pal has been spayed or neutered, and is current on his vaccinations and parasite control. Fido should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags.

Pre-Screening

Camping isn’t necessarily going to be great fun for every dog. If your pet has health or mobility issues, or is a senior, toy breed, nursing mama, or puppy, Fido may be more comfortable staying in a doggy hotel. Ask your vet for more information.

Training

Before taking Fido camping, make sure he knows—and obeys—basic obedience commands. This is important for both petiquette and safety.

Packing

Fido will need food, toys, treats, an extra collar and leash, bedding, waste baggies, a towel, and a doggy first aid kit. You’ll also need to bring dishes. Look for collapsible plastic dishes, which are easy to carry. If you’ll be spending time near the water, bring a doggy lifejacket as well. You may also want to pack a pet raincoat.

Dangers

The wilderness can be a very dangerous place for a curious dog. Don’t let your furry friend run around off-leash, and keep him away from areas that could be potentially dangerous, such as cliff sides and riverbanks. The campsite can also be hazardous. Campfires and hot coals are two big concerns. The trash is another issue, as it can contain things like skewers, bones, can lids, and plastic wrappers, which are all dangerous to Man’s Best Friend.

Water

Don’t let your canine companion drink from unknown water sources. If you can’t bring water along, treat Fido’s water to make sure it’s safe for him. You can boil it, or use purification tablets.

Waste

Always pick up after your four-legged buddy. Check local ordinances to see if you can bury your dog’s waste.

Puppy Check

We recommend giving your canine friend a nose-to-tail check every day. You’ll want to look for ticks, as well as for signs of cuts, scratches, or insect bites. Please contact us, your local Springdale, ON animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!
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