Camping with Your Pet 

Going camping in the great outdoors is something that many families look forward to when Summer time comes around. As the camping date gets nearer, everyone in the family usually becomes very excited in anticipation of all the fun activities that are usually in store for each one. If there is a family pet, usually a dog or even a cat, it must be included in the overall preparations, to make sure that the camping trip is not marred by any untoward incidents. Bringing your pet along with you for this event will entail its own set of precautions, some of which may have to be done, many days before the actual departure date.

First on the list of things to do for your pet is a visit to the vet to make sure that all vaccinations are up to date.  It will be advisable to tell your vet that you intend to take your pet on a camping trip with you and which part of the country you plan to go so that he may be guided accordingly.  You should also bring along a copy of the document that states that your pet is up-to-date with his shots. It is very important for your dog to have his rabies shots should any wild animals bite him.

You should likewise make sure that your dog is protected against fleas and ticks before you let him loose in the woods. Douse you dog liberally with flea powder before venturing out on a hike. Bring along more than one can of flea powder, especially if your pet has long hair.

If your camping plans include taking long hikes with your pet, you should condition him for what can be a strenuous activity in the same way that you build up your own resistance to making a long trek. Bring water for yourself and for your pet, in anticipation of high temperatures so that neither one of you becomes dehydrated.
Just in case your does not have tags, you may want to order one which includes your current  contact information, like your mobile cell phone number,  before you go on your trip. Securing a cheap ID tag that carries the name of your campsite will be a good measure to take.  This will increase the chances of your getting your pet back in the event that he gets separated from you. Or, you may wish to consider having a microchip implanted on your pet so that locating him will be made that much easier, too.

When you make your camping plans, make sure the campsite you are going to allows pets and find out what the rules are regarding keeping your pet on a leash.  If this were the case, bring more than one set of leashes, just in case the one in use gets broken.

Make sure your car or van is ready to carry your pet when traveling with you by covering the seats where your dog will be located with blankets.  Blankets can be shaken out or washed quickly to get rid of pet hair or any dirt your pet may track into the vehicle. Carry with you a generous supply of disposable poo bags, scoops and mittens.  Pick up after your pet. There is nothing ickier than stepping on poo or worse, tracking it into your car. Poo can also contaminate water in the surroundings thus it is best to dispose of them properly.

Make sure that you bring enough food and water for your pet.  Portable feeding and water bowls will also come in handy when camping.  However, you should make sure that they are emptied of any leftovers once your pet is through eating so as not to encourage unwanted “visitors” from dropping by your campsite.  Also, ensure that you do not run out of his favourite food in the wild as you may not be able to replenish your supply.

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