Fresh air, plenty of sunshine, and room to roam can do wonders for the mind and body. However, this isn’t confined to humans only. Our pets also benefit from the great outdoors. If you’re planning a camping trip, bringing your dogs along can be a great experience!
Before you go jump in your vehicle and ride off into the great outdoors with your furry companions, do your homework beforehand. For instance, does your destination allow for pets? Will the weather forecast predict the need for extra blankets, or perhaps some additional shade? What wildlife lives in the area? These are a few factors to consider before venturing out. And, of course, make sure that your pet is up to date on vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, and heartworm medication, as there are plenty of ticks and mosquitos that would love to meet you and your pet!
The needs of your pet during a camping trip do not vary much from their needs at home. They still need the basics, but these basics are essential when there may not be any convenience stores around. Here is a checklist of some supplies to help keep your pet safe.
• Food and water
Your pets will get a lot of exercise while camping, so make sure they have a steady supply of food and water. Bring along a few of your pet’s favorite treats to help reward them along the way.
You’re in a new area with wide-open spaces. What’s the first thing your dog wants to do? That’s right, they’re going to want to explore the area with haste! Be sure to bring a leash. With so many unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells to investigate, you’ll want to have control where your canine companion can and cannot go.
• First-Aid Kit/Medications
When out in the wilderness, pets may require a little extra attention. Be ready to address any cuts or scrapes. Bring a first-aid kit along as a precaution. If there are any medications that your pet needs to take on a frequent basis, bring those along, too.
Say your pet has picked up a curious scent and decides it’s time to investigate. They may end up wandering off and getting lost. So, it’s very important your dogs have identification tags on them at all times.
• Dog brush/towel
Time spent outdoors means your pets are bound to pick up some dirt on their fur. Make sure to bring a brush (especially for those with longer coats). Also, they may step through some mud or get wet from rain, so you’ll want to towel them off to help keep them dry.
• Dog bowls
Not only will your pet need food and water while camping, but they’ll need some dog bowls to eat and drink from as well. If you have the kind that is collapsible, they can be of great use when out on the trails.
Your pet will likely find some great items to play with and gnaw on during your adventure. However, it’s a good idea to bring some familiar toys along to help them feel more comfortable.
Our Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Team hopes that wherever your adventures take you that you have a fun and safe time together! Give us a call if you need any refills on your pet’s medication or order from our online store here.
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