Camping with Fido

Summer is almost here! After a long winter, it’s great to get outside and enjoy summertime activities like camping. Dogs can make great camping buddies! Before heading out for a fun outdoor weekend with your canine friend, read these tips from a Colorado Springs, CO veterinarian on camping with dogs.

Veterinary Care

Make sure that Fido is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products. We recommend keeping copies of your dog’s paperwork with you at all times. Put photocopies in your glove box, and/or take pictures of them with your phone.

Training

All dogs should know basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important, as it can help you keep Fido from getting too near a dangerous area, such as a riverbank, or approaching a wild animal. If your pooch doesn’t have these basics down, work with him before you go camping. The Leave It command can also be very useful.

Water

We know this may be easier said than done, but try not to let Fido drink from unknown water sources. There’s just no way to tell if the water is safe! Bring water for your dog, or treat it to make it safe for him. You can use decontamination products, or just boil it and let it cool.

Supplies

You’ll need to pack some essentials for your canine buddy. Fido will need food, treats, bedding, and dishes. (Tip: look for collapsible dishes, which you can fold up for easy transport.) Don’t forget to bring plastic waste baggies! A first aid kit is also a must. Strong, sturdy adult dogs may be able to carry some of their own supplies in a little doggy backpack.

Fitness

If you’re planning to go hiking, start working with your furry pal well in advance of your trip to build his endurance. Vigorous exercise isn’t right for every dog, so ask your vet for recommendations. Small dogs, senior pets, puppies, and dogs with medical problems may be more comfortable in a doggy hotel. When you’re on the trail, keep an eye on Fido. Be careful not to overexert your canine companion! If your pooch looks tired or hot, stop to rest, and give him some water.

Please contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re happy to help!