Tips for Pet Owners on Camping Safety

Is there anything better than sitting by a campfire with your animal friend snuggled up next to you as you gaze up at the starry night sky? No, in our opinion. Camping with your pet is a wonderful opportunity to have exciting experiences with them, but you must ensure their safety. To protect your pet’s safety when camping, go by our team’s advice.

#1: Before taking your pet camping, test the tent out

If this is your pet’s first camping vacation, 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 about so that they can become used to its smell, feel, and sounds. Instead of forcing your pet to get inside the tent, praise them for being courageous and venturing out on their own.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible

No electricity leads to poor visibility at night, especially if your pet has dark fur. Ensure your furry pal is easy to spot by using a reflective collar or harness at night, or by purchasing an LED collar for them to wear.

When hiking during the day, make your pet highly visible with the aid of neon colors. A bright orange collar or vest can help you find your furry companion if they wander off.

#3: 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.

#4: Study up on pet first aid

While camping, your dog could tumble over a hill, brush against a thorn, or come upon a nest of stinging insects. In order to stabilize your pet’s health before transporting it to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic for treatment while you’re in a remote wilderness region, you must be knowledgeable in pet first aid.

Our staff is available for you whether your pet need immediate treatment after being entangled in prickly bushes or needs current immunizations and parasite prevention before your outdoor activity. Call us to arrange an appointment.