Safety Tips for Pet Owners Who Camp

Is there anything better than lying by a campfire with your furry friend and looking up at the stars? Not according to us. Camping with your pet is a great way to have fun adventures together, but you need to keep your furry friend safe. Follow our team’s camping advice to keep your pet safe.

#1: Perform a tent trial run before camping with your pet

If this is your first time camping with your pet, try setting up the tent in your backyard so they can get used to it. Set up your tent and let your pet sniff, lick, and walk around inside it to get used to its smell, feel, and sounds. Do not force your pet to go into the tent, but reward them for being brave and exploring on their own.

#2: Ensure your pet is visible

If you don’t have electricity, you might not be able to see well at night, especially if your pet has dark fur. Make sure your furry friend is easy to find at night by giving them a reflective collar or harness or buying them an LED collar.

When hiking during the day, use neon colors to make your pet easy to spot. If your furry friend gets lost, a bright orange collar or vest can help you find them.

#3: Learn about pet first aid

When camping, your four-legged friend could fall down a hill, run into a thorn, or come across a nest of stinging insects. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, you need to know how to give first aid to animals so you can stabilize their condition and get them to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.

#4: Schedule a veterinary visit

Before you set up a tent at your campsite, make sure your pet is ready for a wild experience. Leptospirosis, a disease spread by wildlife urine, and Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks, may be recommended in addition to your pet’s core vaccines. Protecting yourself from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is also important, so stock up on anti-parasite products before you go.

Whether your pet needs urgent care after getting stuck in a thorny brush or needs updated vaccinations and parasite prevention before your outdoor adventure, our team is here for you. Give us a call to set up an appointment.