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Camping Safety For Dogs

July 15, 2023

Camping is one of America’s favorite summertime activities. It’s not only popular with people: it’s also a pretty big hit with our canine friends! Fido loves to explore new places with his humans. However, you’ll need to take a few precautions to keep your pup safe in the Great Outdoors. A Burnsville, MN veterinarian offers some basic camping safety tips for dogs in this article.

Supplies

Fido will need food, water, snacks, blankets or bedding, water, a spare leash, paw balm, grooming supplies, a tie-out line, and, if you’re going swimming, a doggy lifejacket. As for dishes, you may want to look at collapsible ones. These are great for camping! If Fido is sturdy enough, he may be able to carry some of his own gear in a cute doggy backpack.

Waste

Don’t forget to pick up after your canine companion! In some areas, you may be able to bury Fido’s waste. Otherwise, you’ll need plastic bags as well. 

Training

Proper training can help keep Fido from wandering off or approaching dangerous areas. Make sure your pup knows and obeys basic commands. The most important ones are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. 

Preventative Care

You and your furry buddy may very well run into wild animals … not to mention lots of bugs and parasites. Fido should be up to date on all vaccines, especially rabies, as well as parasite control. To be safe, bring copies of his records with you. Seal them in plastic bags for safekeeping. 

Safety

Campsites offer plenty of distractions … and lots of chances for dogs to get into trouble. Trash, for instance, may contain things like skewers, bones, or can lids. Your canine buddy could also singe himself or burn his paws at the campfire pet, or have a run-in with a wild animal. Keep a close eye on your four-legged friend! 

ID

We’d recommend keeping Fido on leashes or tie-lines. However, he should be microchipped and wearing ID tags, just in case. GPS tags and collars can also be a great safety net.

First Aid

Don’t forget to bring a first-aid kit along for Fido! Include items like gauze, antiseptic, tweezers, and non-stick bandages. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but it’s best to be prepared, just in case.

Please contact us, your Burnsville, MN animal clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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