The summer is heating up, so it might be time to hit the road for a much-needed family vacation. Taking your four-legged companion out on an outdoor camping trip might be in your sights. Before packing up your tent and getting back to nature with your four-legged friend, check out the following tips from the Southside Veterinary Clinic to ensure your camping adventure goes smoothly.
#1: Plan ahead for a camping trip with your pet
After your pet passes their camping trial run with flying colors, search for the most suitable campsite for your trip. Check with campgrounds about their pet policies and rules, and reserve a spot early. Before heading into the woods, ensure your pet is current on their vaccinations and parasite prevention treatment so they are protected from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.
#2: Take your pet on a camping trial run
Have a trial run in your backyard to see how your pet will handle sleeping in a tent. Follow these tent safety tips:
- Go big — When sharing your tent with a dog, the bigger the tent, the better. Spacious tents will help you both feel more comfortable, especially if the weather is hot and muggy.
- Block exits — Always zip and secure your tent before going to sleep, and consider placing your gear in front of the door so your pet cannot leave.
- Bring white noise — Some dogs will bark when they hear sounds at night, so play some white noise, such as a battery-operated fan.
- Keep sleeping arrangements similar — To help your pet relax, keep sleeping arrangements similar to those at home. Bring your pet’s bed or crate, or ensure your mattress is large enough to accommodate you both.
#3: Think of ways to include your pet while camping
To make camping fun for you both, include plenty of dog-friendly activities, such as:
- Hitting the trails
- Visiting the beach
- Going boating or kayaking
- Exploring local parks
- Enjoying an outdoor meal
- Playing outdoor games
Remember, not all attractions are dog-friendly, so check before taking your pet.
#4: Keep your pet secure at all times while camping
Most campgrounds have leash requirements, and keeping your dog on a leash is the best way to keep them safe. If this is your pet’s first time camping, they’ll likely feel a bit overwhelmed and may not listen to commands if let off-leash.
Prepped and ready to hit the great outdoors with your furry companion? Contact our team to ensure your furry pal is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention.