Camping with Canines.

Camping with Canines.

With camping season beginning as the long weekend approaches, we wanted to share some tips for camping with your pets.

Camping with Cash Dog

Camping with Cash Dog

1.  Water-  Bringing water for your pet is as important as for yourself.  Stream and stagnant water can harbor parasites and bacteria, potentially causing stomach upset that can really put a damper on your time in the wilderness.

2.  Tether - Even the best behaved pets can wander off if the site next to you is cooking up something delicious.  Wildlife can also entice pets away in mere seconds.  Nothing puts a damper on a trip more than having a beloved pet wander off.  Always ensure that your pet is wearing current identification and/or is micro chipped.  Identification with a home number may not help if you are in another town or municipality with your pet.   Microchip registries can have a list of numbers that will be tried if the pet is picked up.

3.  Sleeping arrangements – Remember that your pet may be a little unsure of the surroundings and this may become even more apparent when it’s finally time for bed.  Bringing along a familiar bed or crate to keep in your tent or trailer can help minimize the stress of bedtime with an anxious pet.

4.  Ticks and other unwanted guests - Many wooded areas or those with tall grass play host to ticks and other parasites.  Ensuring your pet is adequately protected with preventative medications will help minimize the risk.  It is still important to check your pet nightly and upon arriving home to ensure you have not brought any extra guests home with you.

5.  Clean up - Pet waste can be harmful to the environment and wildlife, and a nuisance to other campers.  Always pick up after your pet, and dispose of properly.

6.  Local vet – Before you travel research the closest veterinarian.  Pets may have accidents or get into s’more supplies and the local vet might be needed.  Preparation is always the best practice.

 

Have any tips and tricks for camping with your pets?  Share them with us here or on facebook to ensure everyone has a great camping season!

 

 

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