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Camping With Fido

August 1, 2021

Summer is winding down, but there’s still a bit more time before those cooler autumn temperatures roll in. If you enjoy camping, you may be planning to take some time away before fall. Your canine buddy would be more than happy to accompany you! Of course, you’ll need to put your pet’s safety first. A Fort Collins, CO vet offers some advice on how to do that below.

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Camping isn’t necessarily right for all dogs. Some of our canine companions are great glamping buddies, but won’t care much for roughing it. Small dogs, senior dogs, puppies, and pooches with medical issues may be better off staying home or being boarded. If you aren’t sure whether you should take Fido along, check with your vet first.

Prep Work

Before heading out, make sure that your furry buddy is fixed, microchipped, and current on his vaccines and parasite control. Keep copies of his paperwork with you. (Tip: if you have a smartphone, take pictures of them, and then email copies to yourself.)


Don’t forget the doggy bag! Fido will need food, toys, treats, towels, bedding or blankets, dishes, a few tie-out lines, a leash and collar, and a first-aid kit.


Most dogs absolutely love exploring the Great Outdoors. However, Fido’s sense of curiosity can get him in trouble. Before heading out, make sure to do some research and learn about potential hazards in the area you’re visiting. Some—such as bears and mountain lions—are common knowledge. Others, like blue green algae and foxtail grasses, are not as well-known. You’ll also need to take care with things like trash and fireplaces. Keep a close eye on your pooch!


Don’t let your canine friend slurp up water from ponds or streams. The water could be contaminated. Follow the same guidelines for your four-legged pal as you do for yourself: boil or treat water before drinking. Or, bring fresh water along. Speaking of water, if you’ll be near a lake or river, pack a doggy lifejacket as well.


Dog feces is a major source of water contamination. Always clean up after your furry bff. In some places, you can bury your pup’s waste. You’ll need to check local laws first, though.


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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