Are you planning to go camping this summer? Your canine pal would most likely be thrilled to accompany you. Fido loves campfires and starry skies as much as we do! You’ll just need to take a few precautions to keep your pooch safe. A Sandstone, MN discusses camping with dogs below.
Fido should be current on all vaccines and parasite control products. Bring copies of his records with you. (Tip: keep copies in your glove box, so you always have them handy.)
Pups can get into all sorts of trouble at a campsite. The potential dangers range from campfires to toxic plants to wild animals. Keep a close eye on your furry best friend, and don’t let him wander off unsupervised.
Always pick up after Fido. Some places allow you to bury your canine buddy’s waste, though you’d need to carry a small shovel instead of bags. However, you’ll need to check first … or risk a potential fine.
You should always bring a first-aid kit when going camping. You don’t necessarily need a separate one for Fido, as you would find many of the same things in a pet first-aid kit as you would in one for people. However, you’ll want to add a few pet-specific things, such as a muzzle and splint.
Fido’s doggy bag should contain several days’ worth of food, water, and snacks; towels, blankets, and bedding; a leash and tie-line; grooming supplies; and bowls. If you’re going swimming, include a doggy lifejacket as well. Stronger pups may be able to carry their gear, but you don’t want to overexert your furry pal.
All dogs should obey simple commands, with the most important being Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is as much about safety as it is about manners. Untrained pups are much more likely to get into trouble, whether it be from approaching wild animals, chasing squirrels, or eating toxic plants. If Fido isn’t trained yet, work on this before your trip.
All that aside, camping with dogs can be a wonderful experience. It’s hard to beat sitting at a crackling fire looking out over an amazing view with your furry best friend and perhaps friends or family. Snap some pictures of your canine companion!
Do you have questions about caring for your dog? Contact us, your Sandstone, MN pet hospital.