Advice for Pet Owners on Camping Safety

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

#1: Try out your tent before taking your pet camping

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

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: Research pet first aid

Your dog might trip over a hill while camping, come into contact with a thorn, or come across a nest of stinging insects. You must be skilled in pet first aid if you’re in a remote area of the wilderness in order to stabilize your pet’s condition before you take it to the closest emergency veterinary hospital for treatment.

#4: 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.

Our team is here for you whether your pet requires immediate care after becoming entangled in prickly brush or needs current immunizations and parasite prevention before your outdoor activity. Call us to arrange an appointment.