If your a nature junkie, there aren’t many things better than camping. Something about the s’mores, campfires, and being in the heart of nature just puts you in a good mood! What makes it even better? When you get to bring your best bud along of course! Your dog is the perfect pal to take with you on any camping adventure. After all, their ancestors are from the great outdoors themselves! Before you pack the car and head into the wild, it is important to know how to keep your dog safe at all times.
Beware of Poisonous Plants
The wilderness is filled with different plants that should be enjoyed from a safe distance. Recognizing plants that are poisonous can definitely be tough. Poison Ivy, the most common poisonous plant you will encounter, may cause an adverse reaction if eaten by your dog, inducing vomiting or diarrhea. Other plants to be wary of are poison oak, and poison sumac.
Just like us humans, dogs aren’t immune to the itchy affects of these plants. The oil from these plants can also sometimes makes it way through a dog coat to the skin, causing an itchy discomfort.
Apply a Flea and Tick Medication
There is no doubt that camping is filled with creepy crawlies – especially fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Protect your pet the best you can by applying a treatment beforehand. VetGuard Plus is a great affordable option that will protect your pet and repel these pests from your dog.
Always Keep Your Dog on a Leash
With all the unique scents, sounds, and scenery your dog will experience while camping, they may tend to wander. If you feel uneasy with your dog roaming the campsite, keep them close by at all times, even if they are accustomed to being off leash.
Carry Water with You
Hydration is key not just for you but your pup! If it is especially hot out, keep water available for your dog at all times.
Watch Out for Wild Animals
As if worrying for bugs wasn’t enough, you also need to be careful of the animals lurking around. Snakes, skunks, bears – it can get dangerous fast. Watch for holes or brush around the campsite and try to keep your dog as far away as possible. The last thing you want is your dog coming across a critters territory and being sprayed or hurt.
Stay on Marked Trails
Hiking is typically one of the top things on the to-do list while camping! Dogs to tend to roam and this can lead them and you into treacherous territory. Do your best to stay on the marked trails to avoid poisonous plants, brush, or running the risk of invading an animal’s home.
Give Your Dog a Safe Place to Sleep
Sleeping in the wilderness is much different than sleeping at home. If you and the pup have done this a time or two, it is best to assess the area before you let them sleep outside. If you’re a first timer, let your dog sleep in the tent or in the bed of the car to ensure they are safe. Also be wary of cooler temps. Even in the summer months, the temperature at night can drop and become chilly.
Keep Your Dog a Healthy Distant Away From Fire
Sitting around the campfire is a great way to cap off the night but your dog should stay clear. Although your dog might know that the fire is hot and to stay away, a wagging tail doesn’t.
Buy a Doggy Life Vest
Some dogs love the water, others… not so much. If you’re heading to the lake but your dog can’t swim, buy a doggy life vest! This will ease your nerves when they get close to the water and might even give them the confidence they need to join the fun.
Never Leave Your Dog Unattended
The wilderness is filled with a lot of unknowns. Always be sure to keep a watchful eye on your dog and know where they are at all times.
Follow these safety tips to be sure that you and your pup are both happy campers this season!