Camping Tips for Pet Owners

Is there anything better than lying by a campfire with your furry friend and looking up at the stars? Not according to us. Camping with your pet is a great way to have fun adventures, but you must keep your furry friend safe. Follow our team’s camping advice to keep your pet safe.

#1: Test out your tent before taking your pet camping

If this is your first time camping with your pet, let them try out the tent in your backyard first. Set up your tent and let your furry friend sniff, lick, and walk around in it so he or she can get used to its smell, feel, and sounds. Do not force your pet to go into the tent. Instead, give them a treat for being brave and going inside on their own.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible

If you don’t have electricity, you might not be able to see well at night, especially if your pet has dark fur. Make sure your furry friend is easy to find at night by giving them a reflective collar or harness or buying them an LED collar.

When hiking during the day, use neon colors to make sure your pet is easy to spot. A collar or vest in bright orange can help you find your pet if it gets lost.

#3: Study up on pet first aid

When you go camping, your four-legged friend could fall down a hill, run into a thorn, or find a nest of stinging insects. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, you need to know how to give first aid to pets so you can stabilize their condition and get them to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.

#4: Schedule a veterinary visit

Make sure your pet is ready for the outdoors before you set up your tent at your campsite. In addition to the core vaccines, your pet may need to be vaccinated against leptospirosis, a disease that is spread by wildlife urine, and Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks. Protecting against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is also essential, so make sure you have enough before you go.

Whether your pet needs urgent care after getting tangled in a thorny brush or requires updated vaccinations and parasite prevention before your outdoor adventure, our team is here. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.