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Hiking With Fido

Do you enjoy exploring new parks and trails with your canine pal? Dogs can make wonderful camping and hiking buddies! As we all know, Man’s Best Friend certainly loves checking out new places! As a responsible pet owner, you’ll want to be sure to keep your four-legged friend safe and healthy on your excursions. In this article, a Niwot, CO vet offers advice on hiking with Fido.

Training

Before setting out with your canine buddy, make sure Fido knows the five basic commands. These commands, which are Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down, are the cornerstones of good doggy manners. They are also very important for your pup’s safety! In the wild, this training can help you keep your pooch from approaching a dangerous area or a wild animal, or running off after a squirrel.

Choosing Trail Mates

Not all dogs are well suited to hiking. Pups with those adorable pushed-in faces, like pugs, can’t pant effectively, and can overheat or lose their breath very quickly. Senior dogs, puppies, and dogs with weak immune systems or poor vision may also be better off staying home. If you’re not sure how Fido would do on the trail, ask your vet for advice.

Preparation

Make sure Fido is current on all shots, is microchipped, and is wearing his ID tags. We recommend keeping copies of your pup’s paperwork with you. An easy way for smartphone users to do this is to email scanned copies to yourself. Parasite control is also very important: you don’t want your four-legged friend picking up any hitchhikers!

Supplies

Fido will need basic supplies, such as a first-aid kit, food, leash, and treats. Look for a lightweight, collapsible water dish, which will be easy to carry. Drinking standing or unsafe water could make Fido very sick, so bring along plenty of H20 or a water filtration device. Don’t forget to bring plastic baggies and a scoop for your pup’s waste! In some areas, you may be able to bury your dog’s feces, so check local regulations.

Coming Home

Upon returning home, be sure to inspect your pooch thoroughly for insect bites, scrapes, and ticks. You’ll also want to check between those furry little toes to be sure there are no pebbles or foreign objects lodged in there.

Please contact us, your local Niwot, CO vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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