Camping Safety for Pet Owners

Is there anything more enjoyable than sitting next to your furry friend by the campfire while you take in the star-studded night sky? No, according to us. Camping is a wonderful opportunity for you and your pet to have exciting experiences, but you must ensure the safety of your canine companion. To secure the security of your pet when camping, go by our team’s advice.

#1: Perform a tent trial run before camping with your pet

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: Make sure your pet is visible

When there is no power, it is difficult to see at night, especially if your pet has black fur. Use a reflective collar or harness at night, or get your furry friend an LED collar, to make sure they can be seen easily.

Use fluorescent colors to make your pet extremely noticeable when trekking during the day. If your animal friend gets lost, a bright orange vest or collar might help you locate them.

#3: Study up on pet first aid

When camping, your four-legged friend can tumble down a hill, run across a thorn, or encounter a nest of stinging insects. If you’re in remote wilderness, you need to be proficient in pet first aid to stabilize your pet’s condition so you can head to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital for treatment.

#4: Schedule a veterinary visit

Be sure your pet is prepared for a wilderness adventure before setting up your tent at your campground. In addition to your pet’s core vaccinations, leptospirosis and Lyme disease vaccinations may be advised. Leptospirosis is a disease spread by wildlife urine. It’s also advisable to take precautions against mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas before going outside.

Whether your pet needs urgent care after getting tangled in thorny brush or requires updated vaccinations and parasite prevention before your outdoor adventure, our team is here for you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.