Camping With Your Dog

July 27, 2016

Although it’s still hot outside, beach season is coming to an end. For us dog owners, that means finding a new place to go on a weekend getaway that’s fun for the whole family, including our four-legged pals. It’s time to trade in your beach umbrellas and SPF 50 for a tent and a campfire as you take your dog camping!

As fun as camping is, there are certain things you need to know before taking your dog with you. First of all, you need to make sure the campsite you are visiting is dog-friendly. Once you have confirmed this, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the rules of the campsite. Next, is your tent big enough for you all? Your dog will likely sleep in close proximity. What will the weather be like and what will you be doing? Plan activities that take into consideration your dog’s limitations to keep him safe and well. You also need to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all medications and vaccinations (your dog needs to be protected against such things as heartworm, fleas, and ticks). Bring an appropriate harness or collar with identification, including a phone number where you can be reached. Microchipping your pet adds another level of protection should he become lost. Find out the location of the nearest vet for emergencies and have their phone number handy.

Once you have made sure the campsite is dog-friendly and all vaccinations are up-to-date, you’re ready to go! Here is a list of the items you need to pack for your dog to ensure he can be safe and have fun: water (do not allow your dog to drink from standing bodies of water), food and treats, separate bowls for both water and food, bedding, toys, a leash with collar or harness, a crate or other means to confine your pet (do not leave your dog alone in your vehicle), bags to pick up waste, and a first aid kit. A nightlight for your dog’s collar is also a good idea so you can see your dog at night.

Make sure your dog is kept on his leash at the campsite so as not to disturb other campers and for his own safety should he want to go exploring. Be sure you supervise your dog and keep him away from campfires, cooking utensils, and other things that can cause injury. It is also useful to have a ‘leave it’ command to keep your dog safe. If you are unable to supervise your dog, put him in his crate or properly confine him.

Check your dog’s fur regularly for ticks and plant matter, such as thorns. Plant matter should be brushed out of your dog’s hair if possible, but in some cases you may need to cut or shave the area to remove it safely. If your dog has a tick on him, be sure to remove it properly.  It is a good idea to have a tick remover or tweezers and antiseptic on hand to make this easier.

Now you’re ready to venture off into the wilderness! As always, have fun and stay safe!

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