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Camping With Fido

Are you planning on going camping with your pup this summer? Our canine pals love exploring new places, and can make great camping pals. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first! A local Livonia, MI vet offers advice on camping with Fido in this article.

Preparation

Before bringing Fido camping, make sure he is current on his parasite control products and vaccinations. Not all dogs are well-suited to vigorous hikes. Puppies, senior dogs, small dogs, and brachycephalic dogs may be more comfortable staying home with a dogsitter or going to a doggy hotel. If you aren’t sure whether your pooch will make a good camping buddy, consult your vet.

Training

Proper training is very important! Make sure your dog knows basic doggy obedience commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This training can keep Fido from approaching dangerous areas or animals, or running off into the woods.

Supplies

Don’t forget to pack for your pooch! Fido will need food, treats, dishes, bedding, baggies for waste, and rain gear. If you’re going to be near the water, he’ll need a pet lifejacket. We also strongly recommend bringing a first aid kit. Stronger dogs may be able to carry some of their own gear in a doggy backpack.

Water

Try to avoid letting your dog drink directly from rivers, lakes, ponds, or streams: there’s just no way to be sure the water is safe. Bring water for your pooch, or make it safe by boiling or treating it.

Campfires

Campfires can be very dangerous for our furry pals. Don’t let Fido get too close to the flame: you don’t want him to get singed. You’ll also want to be sure to remove cooking sticks and barbeque skewers, as these are hazardous for dogs. In the morning, keep your pup away from the fire site, so he doesn’t burn himself on hot ashes.

Health Check

Do a nose-to-tail check on your canine buddy each day. Look for ticks, as well as any bites, scrapes or scratches. Inspect Fido’s furry feet as well, to make sure he doesn’t have any paw injuries.

Courtesy

Remember to pick up after Fido. In some places, you may be able to bury your dog’s messes, but check local ordinances first.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, today!

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