Tips on How to Keep Your Puppy Safe When Camping

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

#1: Before camping with your pet, test the tent.

If this is your first camping trip with your pet, practice in your backyard. Put up your tent and let your pet sniff, lick, and wander around inside it to become used to the smell, texture, and noises. Do not coerce your pet into entering the tent; reward them for being brave and venturing out on their own.

#2: Make sure your pet is visible.

No electricity means poor visibility at night, especially if your pet has dark fur. Use a reflective collar or harness at night, or buy an LED collar for your furry friend.

When trekking during the day, use neon colors to make your pet more apparent. A bright orange collar or vest can help you discover your lost pet.

#3: Learn about pet first aid.

When camping, your four-legged pet 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 pet first aid to stabilize your pet’s health until you can go to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital for treatment.

#4: Make a veterinary appointment.

Ensure your pet is prepared for a wilderness adventure before pitching a tent at your campsite. Vaccinations against leptospirosis, a disease spread by wildlife urine, and Lyme disease, a tick-borne sickness, may be suggested in addition to your pet’s core immunizations. Prevention against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is also required, so stock up on parasite prevention before venturing out.

Whether your pet requires emergency care after becoming entangled in a thorny brush or needs current immunizations and parasite prevention before your outdoor vacation, our team is here to help. Call us to make an appointment.

We are happy to welcome you back into our building for appointments with our doctors! Following the most recent recommendations, masks are no longer required inside, but our staff is happy to wear them if you prefer, just let us know during your visit. We ask that ALL appointments continue to call to check in from the parking lot as this has greatly reduced lobby traffic, leading to less stressful visits for our more timid patients. We continue to be glad to accommodate curbside appointments at your request.