Going on a camping trip with your pet adds a lot of fun to the excursion. However, most folks end up ruing the decision because they didn’t know how exactly they should prepare and camp with their furry friend. Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how you can camp with your pet and get the fun fully throttle:
Before embarking on the trip
Before leaving, it is important to find out if the camping area has any restrictions regarding pets; if there are any, familiarize yourself with each of them and purpose to adhere to them accordingly.
The next thing is to consult a veterinary doctor to ensure the pet is healthy and is up-to-date on the required vaccinations- especially vaccination against rabies.
Keep in mind that when venturing outdoors, your pet would be exposed to insects such as mosquitoes and ticks; therefore, take the necessary precautions to ensure your animal friend is protected against them. For example, you might have to vaccinate your dog against tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Also, mosquito bites can transmit heartworms- ensure your dog is well-guarded against that as well.
There are cases of pets getting lost- some are found, and some get lost without trace. To obviate such an unfortunate eventuality, put an identification tag on your pet’s collar or harness. In the identification tag, provide a phone number where you can be reached throughout. Microchipping the pet can provide an additional measure of protection.
Packing for the Dog
It is important to pack for your dog and to prepare adequately in case of any emergencies during the camping trip. Accordingly, do the following:
- Your dog shouldn’t drink stagnant water at all. Therefore, bring water for the dog if there isn’t any clean water at the campsite.
- Pack enough food for the furry friend to last him or her the entire duration of the camping trip. He should continue to eat his regular food.
- To keep the dog occupied during the trip as you go about your activities, bring his or her bedding and toys.
- If the camping area is beyond the boundaries of your state, it is important to carry the pet’s vaccination records and health records. Also, bring the dog’s medications, if any, as well as a first aid kit.
At the Camping Area
When you get to the camping area, try to confine your pet or keep it on a leash so it won’t disturb other campers and risk getting harmed unnecessarily. It should not come close to cooking utensils, fires, and cliffs. Hopefully, your dog is well-trained to obey commands such as ‘stop!’
Keep an eye on the dog during the excursion. But if you are unable to do that, come with a dog crate, carrier or portable fencing unit which you can use to confine your lovely canine.
Make a point to regularly check the pet’s fur and skin to be sure there aren’t any ticks or plant materials such as burrs or thorns. If there is any, brush them free off the dog’s hair. Sometimes it will be necessary to shave the dog’s hair to remove the intruding things. Be careful when removing ticks so they don’t transmit diseases to you or your dog: use a glove always.
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