Camping Tips for Pet Owners

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, introduce them to the tent by having a practice run in your backyard. Set up your tent and allow your pet explore it by sniffing, licking, and moving around so that they can get used to its smell, feel, and sounds. Instead of forcing your pet to get inside the tent, praise them for being brave and venturing out on their own.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible

Lack of power 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 detect.

Make your pet extremely noticeable when trekking throughout the day by using fluorescent colors. If your pet wanders off, a bright orange collar or vest might help you locate them.

#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

Be sure your pet is prepared for a wilderness adventure before setting up your tent at your campground. In addition to your pet’s core vaccinations, leptospirosis and Lyme disease vaccinations may be advised. Leptospirosis is a disease spread by wildlife urine. It’s also advisable to take precautions against mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas before going outside.

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