Advice for Pet Owners on Camping Safety

Is there anything better than sitting by a bonfire with your furry friend and taking in the starry night sky? In our opinion, no! While camping with your pet is a terrific way to have exciting adventures together, you must ensure their safety. To protect your pet’s safety when camping, use the advice from our staff.

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

If this is your pet’s first camping vacation, take them on a practice run in your backyard to help them get used to the tent. To help your pet become used to the smell, texture, and sounds of your tent, set up your tent and allow your pet sniff, lick, and explore it. Reward your pet for being courageous and venturing outside the tent rather than forcing them inside.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible

Poor nighttime visibility results from a lack of electricity, especially if your pet has dark-colored fur. Use a reflective harness or collar at night, or get your furry friend an LED collar, to make sure they are visible to onlookers.

Neon-colored clothing will help your pet stand out when you’re trekking during the day. If your pet friend gets lost, a visibly orange collar or vest might help you locate them.

#3: Study up on pet first aid

Your dog may fall down a slope, run into a thorn, or come into a nest of stinging insects when camping. To stabilize your pet’s health while you travel to the closest emergency veterinary facility for treatment in a distant environment, you must be skilled in pet first aid.

#4: Schedule a veterinary visit

Before pitching a tent at your campsite, ensure your pet is ready for a wilderness experience. Vaccinations against leptospirosis—a disease transmitted via wildlife urine—and Lyme disease—a tick-borne illness—may be recommended in addition to your pet’s core vaccines. Protection against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is also necessary, so stock up on parasite prevention before heading out.

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.