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Camping With Fido

Do you plan to do some camping this summer? Fido can make a wonderful camping buddy! Read on for some great tips from a North Las Vegas, NV vet on taking your dog camping.

Preparation

Before heading off to the Great Outdoors, make sure your furry buddy is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products. Fido should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags. Bring copies of your dog’s paperwork with you. (Tip: keep copies in your glove compartment or take pictures with your smartphone, so you always have them.)

Packing

You’ll need to pack a puppy bag. Fido will need food, treats, toys, a first aid kit, bedding, a towel, plastic waste baggies, a spare leash and collar, and any supplements or medications he needs. For dishes, look for collapsible plastic dishes: they’re great for camping! You may also want to bring along a doggy raincoat and, if you’ll be near water, a pet lifejacket.

Training

All dogs should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. These simple commands can keep Fido from running off, or approaching dangerous animals or areas. Make sure your pooch is properly trained.

Comfy Canine

Not all dogs are made for camping. Puppies, toy breeds, senior dogs, pooches with health problems, and pregnant dogs may be more comfortable in a pet hotel. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Hazards

The wilderness can be a dangerous place for dogs! We don’t recommend letting your pet run around off-leash: Fido’s sense of adventure could lead him right into trouble. Also, be aware of some of the things that can endanger your furry pal at a campsite. Campfires are one concern: even after the fire is out, your pup could hurt his paws on hot coals. Trash is another issue, as it could contain things like can lids, skewers, bones, and tinfoil, which are dangerous to dogs. Safety first!

Water

Try not to let your canine friend drink from unknown water sources: the water may not be safe. Bring water for Fido, or purify it by boiling it.

Cleanup

Remember to pick up after your pup. In some cases, you may be able to bury Fido’s waste, but you’ll need to check local ordinances first.

Please contact us, your North Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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