Important Advice for Camping with Pets
Is there anything better than sitting by a bonfire with your furry friend and taking in the starry night sky? In our opinion, no. While camping with your pet is a terrific way to have exciting adventures together, you must ensure their safety. To protect your pet’s safety when camping, use the advice from our team.
#1: Perform a tent trial run before camping with your pet
If this is your pet’s first camping trip, take them on a practice run in your backyard to help them get used to the tent. To help your pet become used to the smell, texture, and sounds of your tent, set up your tent and allow your pet sniff, lick, and explore it. Reward your pet for being brave and venturing outside the tent rather than forcing them inside.
#2: Ensure your pet is visible
Lack of electricity makes it difficult to see at night, especially if your pet has dark-colored fur. Use a luminous collar or harness at night, or get an LED collar for your pet to wear, to make sure they are easy to spot.
When hiking during the day, make your pet highly visible with neon colors. A bright orange collar or vest can help you find your furry companion if they wander off.
#3: Study up on pet first aid
When camping, your four-legged friend can tumble down a hill, run across a thorn, or encounter a nest of stinging insects. If you’re in remote wilderness, you need to be proficient in pet first aid to stabilize your pet’s condition so you can head to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital for treatment.
#4: Schedule a veterinary visit
Before pitching a tent at your campsite, ensure your pet is ready for a wilderness experience. Vaccinations against leptospirosis—a disease transmitted via wildlife urine—and Lyme disease—a tick-borne illness—may be recommended in addition to your pet’s core vaccines. Protection against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is also necessary, so stock up on parasite prevention before heading out.
Whether your pet needs urgent care after getting tangled in thorny brush or requires updated vaccinations and parasite prevention before your outdoor adventure, our team is here for you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.