Camping is a popular and fun summer activity, whether it’s with two people or ten. Bringing along your trusty, furry companion can be an enjoyable experience for both of you, but it’s important to know what steps to take before bringing your dog, especially if this is the first time. Below, your Riverdale NJ veterinarian outlines essential steps and helpful tips for pet owners that want their pup to explore the wilderness right by their side.
Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
First and foremost, it’s extremely important to ensure that your dog is up-to-date on all their vaccines, including rabies, Lyme disease, and others. Also, be sure that they have flea and tick prevention and don’t be afraid to ask us about other methods in case this is their first time going out into the woods.
Comfortable Bedding for Your Dog to Rest and Sleep
If this is your dog’s first time out in the woods, they may not be completely comfortable or used to lying around on unfamiliar tents and grounds. Be sure to bring plenty of blankets, another sleeping bag, or maybe even an air mattress that they can utilize to make their own space. Perhaps a blanket from home will give your dog the right amount of familiarity to help them adjust better. There are also dog cots available that can be easier to travel with and clean up.
First-Aid Kit for Emergencies
Make sure there are proper medkits for everyone, including your dog! Accidents can happen at any time and since you’re quite the distance from our office, we want to ensure that your dog is safe throughout the entire trip. Ask us about specialized medkits for your dogs and any necessary tools that will help remove annoying pests like ticks or punctured things like thorns or rocks.
Use Reflections and Lights on Leashes and Collars at Night
Once your natural light in the sky sets for the evening, it can be difficult for you to keep an eye on your dog if they enjoy wandering around and exploring. There are numerous available light-up and reflective collars, leashes, and vests that your dog could wear so you’re able to keep an eye on your pup even if you’re currently tied up with another task.
We want your camping trip to be fun for everyone involved, including your furry sidekick! If you have any other questions on how to protect your dog during your trip, don’t hesitate to give your Riverdale NJ veterinarian a call at (973) 835–3733 and we’ll happily share the best and most helpful tips for you and your pet.