Camping Tips for Pet Owners

Is there anything better than sitting by the campfire with your furry friend and looking at the stars? We do not think so. Camping with your pet is a great way to have fun adventures together, but you need to keep your four-legged friend safe. Follow our team’s camping tips to make sure your pet is 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 alone.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible.

If you don’t have electricity, it will be hard to see at night, especially if your pet has dark fur. Use a reflective collar or harness, or buy an LED collar for your pet to wear at night to ensure they can be seen.

When hiking during the day, use neon colors to ensure 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 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 pet first aid to stabilize your pet’s condition to get it to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.

#4: Schedule a veterinary visit

Make sure your pet is ready for the outdoors before you set up a tent at your campsite. In addition to the core vaccines, your pet may need to be vaccinated against leptospirosis, a disease spread by wildlife urine, and Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks. You’ll also need protection from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, so stock up on anti-parasite products before you go.

Whether your pet needs urgent care after getting caught in a thorny brush or updated vaccinations and parasite prevention before your outdoor adventure, our team is here to help. Call us to make an appointment.

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