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Safety Tips for Hiking with Fido

Do you enjoy hiking? Spending an afternoon enjoying some beautiful scenery can be a great way to unwind and get away from it all. Fido certainly loves to explore, so it’s no surprise that our canine friends are such great trail buddies. When hiking with your dog, however, always be sure to put his safety first. A North Las Vegas, NV vet discusses hiking with dogs in this article.

Training

Before heading out with your canine pal, make sure that Fido knows and obeys the five basic commands of good doggy obedience, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. These commands are very important, not just for petiquette, but for safety reasons as well. If your pooch is properly trained, you’ll be able to keep him from approaching dangerous areas or wild animals.

Supplies

Bring plenty of water, both for you and your pup! You should also bring waste baggies, food and treats and a pet first-aid kit. Look for collapsible plastic bowls, which can fold down small enough to fit into your wallet. Some dogs can even carry their own supplies in a doggy backpack!

Endurance

Hiking is not suitable for all dogs. Senior dogs, puppies, small dogs, sick dogs, pups with bone/joint issues, and brachycephalic dogs often get tired quickly. These pups also have elevated risks of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke on hot days. If Fido falls into any of those categories, he may be better off staying home. If your pup is out of shape, build his endurance slowly to get him ready for hiking. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Safety Precautions

Make sure your furry pal is up-to-date on his vaccinations, is microchipped, and is wearing current ID tags. We recommend keeping dogs leashed at all times. You can use a retractable leash if you like. If you come across standing water, don’t let your pooch drink from it, as he could get very sick. We also don’t recommend taking Fido on trails that have steep cliffs or ladders.

Courtesy

Don’t forget to pick up after your pooch! You may be able to bury his waste in some areas: check local resources. Also, be sure not to let Fido disturb local plants or wildlife.

Is Fido due for shots or an examination? We can help! Call us, your North Las Vegas, NV veterinary clinic, anytime.

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