5 Tips for Taking Your Dog Camping

Do you enjoy camping? Dogs love spending time in the Great Outdoors, and can make great camping buddies. In fact, relaxing by a campfire with your furry best friend is a great way to spend a summer night. It is important to take some precautions to keep your pet healthy and safe at a campsite, however. In this article, a Coon Rapids, MN vet offers tips on taking your canine buddy camping.

Be Prepared
Before bringing Fido camping, make sure he is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control products. Your furry pal should also know—and obey—basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important, as proper training can keep your pooch from running off or approaching dangerous areas or wild animals.

Pack Wisely
Your doggy-camping checklist should include food, treats, bedding, a first aid kit, dishes, a towel, waste baggies, an extra leash and collar, and medicine. If you’re going to be near water, bring a doggy lifejacket too. A raincoat and tie-out line may also come in handy.

Keep Fido Safe
There is certainly no shortage of ways for Fido to get into trouble on a campsite. Be careful not to let your furry buddy explore on his own, eat plants, or approach areas that could be habitats for wild animals. Trash is also a concern: garbage may contain things like skewers, bones, and tinfoil, which are very dangerous to our canine pals. Fire is another hazard. Keep your pet away from the campfire, even when the fire is out: you don’t want Fido singing his fur, or burning his paw on hot coals.

Offer Fresh Water
Try not to let your canine friend slurp up water from lakes, ponds, or streams. The water may not be safe to drink! Bring water for your pup, or make ‘wild’ water safe for drinking by boiling or treating it first.

Pup Check
Every day, do a thorough, nose-to-tail doggy inspection. Feel free to work in some belly rubs and ear scritches to make this more fun for Fido. You’ll want to look for ticks, as well as cuts, bruises, and/or torn claws.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Coon Rapids, MN vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!


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