Advice for Pet Owners on Camping Safety

Is there anything better than staring at the star-studded night sky with your fuzzy companion nestled alongside you by the campfire? We don’t think so. Camping with your pet is a terrific way to share enjoyable activities, but you must keep your four-legged buddy safe. Follow this camping advice to keep your pet safe.

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

If this is your first camping vacation with your pet, conduct a trial run in your backyard to get them used to the tent. Put up your tent and let your pet smell, lick, and wander around inside to become used to the aroma, texture, and noises. Instead of forcing your pet to enter the tent, praise them for being courageous and exploring independently.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible

No electricity means poor nighttime visibility, especially if your pet has black fur. Use a luminous collar or harness at night, or buy an LED collar for them to wear, to make sure your furry friend is easy to find.

When trekking during the day, use vibrant colors to make your pet stand out. If your pet gets lost, a bright orange collar or vest might help you find them.

.#3: Study up on pet first aid

When camping, your four-legged buddy may fall down a slope, run across a thorn, or come across a nest of stinging insects. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’ll need to know how to provide pet first aid to stabilize your pet’s health until you can go to the nearest emergency veterinary facility for treatment.

#4: Schedule a veterinary visit

Before pitching a tent at your campground, ensure your pet is prepared for a wilderness adventure. In addition to your pet’s basic immunizations, vaccinations against leptospirosis (a disease carried by wildlife urine) and Lyme disease (a tick-borne sickness) may be advised. Protecting against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is vital, so stock up on parasite prevention before venturing out.

Whether your pet needs immediate attention after being entangled in a thorny bush or needs current immunizations and parasite prevention before your outdoor vacation, our staff is ready to help. Please contact us to make an appointment.