Camping With Fido

Camping With Fido

Are you planning to go camping this summer? The warm weather offers us a great chance to get away from it all by taking a fun, relaxing weekend in nature. Your dog may also enjoy spending a weekend in the Great Outdoors. After all, Man’s Best Friend has been our camping buddy for thousands of years! A local Flushing, MI vet discusses taking your dog camping below.

Training

Proper training is very important, both for petiquette and safety. If Fido doesn’t know basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down, take time to teach him before you go camping. These important commands can keep your pet from running off and/or approaching dangerous animals or areas.

Veterinary Care

Before taking your pup camping, make sure that he is current on his parasite control products and vaccinations, like the rabies vaccine. Bring copies of Fido’s papers, or take pictures of them with your smartphone.

ID

Fido should be microchipped, and wearing proper ID tags. Remember to keep your records current in the chip manufacturer’s database!

Packing For The Pup

Fido will need bedding, food, dishes, toys, treats, a pet first aid kit, an extra leash and collar, and waste baggies. (Tip: look for collapsible plastic dishes, which are light and easy to carry.) If you’ll be near the water, pack a doggy lifejacket as well.

Water

Keeping Fido properly hydrated is crucial, especially in hot weather. However, try to avoid letting your furry pal drink from ponds, lakes, and/or streams. The water may not be safe! Bring water along, or purify it by treating or boiling it before giving it to your pooch.

Hazards

Campsites can be very dangerous for dogs. Campfires are one serious hazard. Even after the flames are out, Fido could burn himself on hot coals. Wild animals, toxic plants, insects, and heat are also concerns. Keep your canine buddy close, and don’t let him run around off-leash. You’ll also want to be very careful with your garbage: it could contain hazardous items, such as bones, skewers, and can lids.

Pollution

Be sure to leave your campsite as pretty as you found it. Pick up after your pup. In some places, you may be able to bury your furry friend’s waste: check local ordinances.

Does your pet need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Call us, your Flushing, MI pet clinic, anytime!

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