What do I need to know to camp safely with my dog?
It’s easy to forget something when packing for a vacation. Here are some tips to keep packing for your pooch stress free! First aid kits are a must, but a pet specific first aid kit is best. The key items are tweezers, gauze, vet wrap, medical tape, Ipecac (vomit inducer), anti-histamines (Benadryl – consult with your vet for correct dosage), an anti-itch ointment, a pet guide to poisonous plants and a quick reference first aid guide. Making sure your dog is up-to-date on all his vaccinations will protect them against some of the dangers ponds and lakes can contain. The best way to protect them is to thoroughly rinse out the dog’s coat after any fun in the water! If your dog has a thick coat, be sure to get to the dense under layer. A conditioner rinse or spray before and after water fun will help preserve coat health and appearance. While walking the camping grounds, don’t let your dog drink or eat anything that you did not bring or provide for them. At the end of your day, you’ll want to look your dog over for any scrapes, cuts, or insects. Washing your hands frequently will prevent you from unwanted contact with poison ivy and other plants our pets may have come across. When you are choosing repellents or other insect products, always take into consideration any ingredients that may be harmful to your dog, such as Deet or Citronella. Although being out in the great outdoors is conducive to letting your dog run free, remember to keep them in close proximity to your camp site. Happy trails!
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