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Camping With Fido

May 15, 2020
Summer is just around the corner. Many of us are looking forward to doing some camping. Fido definitely makes a great camping buddy! Read on as a Bend, OR vet discusses taking your dog to the Great Outdoors. 

Preventative Care

First and foremost, make sure that your pup is microchipped and is waring ID tags. Fido should also be fixed, and current on his vaccines and parasite control.

Training

Before taking Fido camping, make sure he understands basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important! You want to be able to keep your pooch away from dangerous areas, like riverbanks, or stop him from charging off into the woods after a squirrel. 

Packing for Fido

Your canine pal will need his own ‘doggy’ bag. Pack food, water, medicine, toys, treats, dishes, a spare leash, a tie out line, towels, and a pet first-aid kit for Fido. If your pooch isn’t sleeping beside you, he’ll need bedding. A rain jacket is also a good idea. If you’ll be near water, bring a doggy lifejacket with you as well.

Water

This may be easier said than done, but try not to let your dog drink from ponds, streams, or lakes. The water may not be safe! Bring water with you, or boil or treat it to make it safe.

Fire

Fire is definitely a concern here. Don’t let Fido get too close to the campfire. In the morning, you’ll also need to make sure your furry pal doesn’t try to walk over the coals. That could make for some very serious paw burns. Ouch!

Trash

Be diligent about disposing of trash. Fido isn’t above going through the garbage in search of leftovers. Things like toothpicks, skewers, bones, and can lids are very dangerous for dogs. Plus, garbage can attract unwanted visitors, like bears.

Waste

Be sure to pick up after your furry friend. Dog feces are a major source of water contamination! You may be able to bury your pup’s waste in some areas, but check local ordinances first.

Dog Checks

Give Fido a once-over every day. You’ll want to look for ticks, as well as cuts, bruises, and bug bites. Don’t forget to offer your canine pal a treat afterwards! 

Please reach out to us, your Bend, OR vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!
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