Camping With Fido

Are you planning to spend time camping this summer? If so, your canine buddy would most likely be absolutely delighted to accompany you on your travels. Just be sure to put Fido’s health and safety first. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses camping with dogs.

Packing For The Pup

Remember to pack a bag for your pooch! Fido will need food, dishes, bedding, toys, treats, a leash and collar, and a pet first aid kit. If you are going to spend time near water, bring a doggy lifejacket as well. You may also want to include a doggy raincoat.

Preparation

Before taking Fido camping, make sure that he is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on all of his vaccinations and parasite control products. We also strongly recommend that dogs be spayed or neutered. Bring copies of your furry friend’s paperwork with you, just in case you need them. If your pet is a senior, small dog, or has mobility problems or other health issues, consult your vet before taking him with you. Some pooches will be more comfortable staying in a doggy hotel.

Training

Fido should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. These commands aren’t just about petiquette: they’re also very important for safety reasons. For instance, teaching your furry buddy to Come can help you keep him from exploring a potentially-dangerous area, while the Stay command will allow you to stop him from approaching a wild animal.

Dangers

Camping offers Fido lots of chances to explore new places. It also gives him lots of chances to get into mischief! Campfires are one thing to be careful of. Be sure to keep Fido away from the fire. The danger doesn’t go away once the flames are out: your pup could easily burn his paws on hot coals. Trash is another concern. Camp garbage often contains things like skewers, bones, tinfoil, can lids, and plastic wrap, which are all dangerous to dogs.

Water

Try not to let Fido drink from unknown water sources. The water may not be safe! Boil or treat your canine pal’s water.

Cleaning

Don’t forget to pick up after your four-legged pal! Check local ordinances to see if you can bury Fido’s waste.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime!