Tips for Pet Owners on Camping Safety

Is there anything better than staring at the starry night sky with your best friend curled up to you by the campfire? We don’t believe so. Camping with your pet is a terrific way to share exciting adventures, but you must keep your four-legged friend safe. Follow our camping advice to keep your pet safe.

#1: Conduct 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. Set up your tent and allow your pet to sniff, 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 on their own.

#2: Make your pet visible.

No electricity means poor nighttime visibility, especially if your pet has dark fur. Use a reflective 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 can help you find them.

#3: Research pet first aid.

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

#4: Make an appointment with a veterinarian.

Before pitching a tent at your campsite, ensure your pet is prepared for a wilderness adventure. In addition to your pet’s core vaccines, vaccinations against leptospirosis (a disease carried through 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 requires immediate attention after becoming entangled in a thorny brush or needs current immunizations and parasite prevention before your outdoor vacation, our team is here to help. Please contact us to make an appointment.