It’s getting to be the time of year when people start thinking about heading out to commune with nature by going on camping trip. If you’re a pet parent, it’s likely that you want to bring your dog along to enjoy the outdoor fun. However, before you take your dog with you, there are some things you should do to ensure that you four-legged friend will have a fun, safe and happy outing.
Know your campground - Not all campsites are dog friendly. Check to see whether the camping area allows dogs. Then familiarize yourself with the campsite rules for pets.
Get appropriate shots - Talk to your vet and make sure your dog is healthy and up-to-date on all required vaccinations, particularly rabies. Ask your vet whether your dog should be vaccinated against Lyme disease and discuss appropriate flea and tick control. Also, be sure to take a copy of your dog’s health records and vaccination reports on the camping trip. This is essential in case of an emergency.
Know the area - Prior to arriving, find out where there is a local vet or pet hospital nearby and how you’ll get help in case of an emergency.
Update IDs - Be sure all of dog’s identification tag are up to date. Make sure your dog has been microchipped to provide an additional measure of protection in the event that your dog becomes lost.
Do regular and doing proper grooming checks - While camping, check your dog’s fur and skin regularly for ticks as well as for plant material like thorns or burrs. Brush your dog every day to make sure you are removing all debris.
Food and water - Bring water for your dog to drink if a water supply is not available at the campsite. Do not allow your dog to drink out of standing bodies of water. Your dog should continue to eat his regular diet during the trip; pack enough food and treats to last for your entire stay. Pack a food dish and water bowl.
Other supplies - Bring bedding and toys to keep your dog occupied as well. Other essential items include a leash and collar or harness, a carrier or other means to confine your dog when necessary, bags to pick up your dog’s waste, a first aid kit and any medications your dog takes regularly.Keep watch - Once at the camping ground, keep your dog on a leash or otherwise confined so that other campers are not disturbed and your dog is not at risk for becoming lost or injured. Be aware of keeping your dog away from things such as campfires and cooking utensils that can cause injury.