Too Hot for Spot Tuesday: Tips for Safely Camping with Your Dog
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner! For those of us trying to squeeze in a last minute weekend trip before the dog days of summer slip away, it’s important to keep our pet’s safety in mind if we plan on bringing the pup along for the adventure.
Here are 6 tips that will help keep your dog safe during your next over-night camping trip :
- If your dog doesn’t regularly get flea/tick treatment, make sure you apply it at least a few days before the trip.
- Make sure that your pet has proper ID on his/her collar at all times and a reflective collar if he/she will be out on the campsite at night.
- Bring a pet first aid kit. It is always better to be prepared and often remote campsites will not have quick access to veterinary care. (We’ve been handing out pet emergency backpacks with pet first aid kits at our events)
- Do some research and locate the closest animal emergency clinic and add its contact information to your phone.
- Pet proof! Before you let your pet out on your campsite, thoroughly inspect the area to make sure other campers haven’t left anything behind like broken bottles or spoiled food.
- Don’t let your pet roam. Because your pet is not familiar with the area, he could get lost, fall into a river, or become stuck. Other well-meaning campers may feed him something toxic or may have rat poison out in their campsite. He also may have a run in with some not-so-well meaning wildlife.
For more summer safety tips visit: arlboston.org/summer-safety