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Camping With Fido

Are you planning to spend some time in the Great Outdoors this summer? It’s always good to get away and enjoy some time in nature. Fido makes a terrific camping buddy! Just be sure to put your pup’s health and safety first. Here, a local Longmont, CO vet discusses camping with Man’s Best Friend.

Preventative Care

Before you take Fido camping, make sure he is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products. Your furry friend should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags. We also recommend bringing copies of his registration and records. If you don’t want to carry hard copies, take pictures of them on your phone.

Packing

Remember to pack a bag for your pooch! Fido will need food, treats, bedding, toys, dishes, a spare leash and collar, and a doggy raincoat. We also recommend bringing a pet first-aid kit and some paw balm.

Water

Bring plenty of water along for Fido. This one is probably easier said than done, but try not to let your pup drink from lakes, streams, rivers, or ponds, as the water may not be safe. Boil or treat unbottled water before drinking it or giving it to your dog. If you are camping near a body of water, bring a doggy lifejacket along, too. Better safe than sorry!

Ticks

Do a thorough tick check on your pup every day, especially after going through wild areas.

Hazards

Campsites can be very dangerous for curious pooches! Trash is one concern. The garbage could contain bones, skewers, tin foil, can lids, and other hazardous items. Also, take care not to let your dog get too close to the campfire. Certain plants, such as foxtail grasses, can also be dangerous. Wild animals are another concern. You definitely don’t want your pet running up to a bear! Keep Fido leashed at all times.

Paw Care

Doggy paw pads are very delicate, especially when they are wet. Use paw balm or wax to protect your pet’s furry feet. We also recommend checking Fido’s paws daily. Look for bumps, scratches, torn nails, and other issues.

Cleanup

Remember to clean up after Fido! Some places may allow you to bury your dog’s waste. Just check local ordinances first.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Longmont, CO pet hospital, today! We have been providing great veterinary care since 1946!

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