Camping is one of the best outdoor recreations aside from climbing and canyoning that provides serenity with nature and with your companions while staying in a tent, an RV, or even a caravan. If you have your pets with you, especially dogs, then camping is a wonderful experience for deeper bonding of friendship between you and your furry friend.
However, when you plan to bring your animal friend with you, then some preparations are in order. These are some things you should know upfront to avoid unwanted emergencies and uncomfortable situations.
Call the camping site for confirmation
Before you ever plan for a camping trip with your dog, make sure that you have contacted the camping site for confirmation if dogs are allowed. You also should ask about the regulations of bringing a pet around the vicinity so that there won’t be any trouble if you go there. National forests and caravan parks warmly invite campers and their pets to explore so long as rules are strictly followed.
What to do before you go camping with pets
Visit your veterinarian to guarantee that your dog has the required protection before going to any camping site. Provide your pet with vaccinations that prevent rabies infection, heartworm infestation through mosquito bites, and Lyme disease caused by flea or tick bites. You need to be cautious with your dog’s health because pets are susceptible to blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.
Give your pet a nice and sturdy collar that doesn’t come off in case your pet gets a little too frisky around nature. Include your contact details in the tag, most preferably your mobile number so that you can be easily reached.
Furthermore, you may want to bring some thick blankets in case the night is cold. Not all dogs are able to withstand freezing temperature out in the wild. As an added bonus, you’re going to sleep better knowing that every member of your family is taken care of.
Remember to bring sufficient supply of water in your trip because dogs can get really thirsty when tired or when the weather is hot. Although some camping parks offer water supply, it is never a bad idea to have a plan B. Don’t forget to pack some food too. A food dish and a water bowl might also come in handy.
Your dog should be trained with the basic obedience and a reliable recall so that it will remain safe. Commands like “Come” when the master calls upon the dog, or “Leave it” to stop the dog from doing something or to drop something from its mouth are all beneficial when the time comes, especially when the dog is in an unfamiliar place.
What to do during camping
While you are in your expedition in the camping site, you have to keep a watchful eye because there might be wild animals around or dangerous items that can be picked up by your dog. This is when your training of prompt obedience comes in handy.
Moreover, you may want to check for ticks on your dog’s skin from time to time for added precaution. If there are ticks present, remove them quickly yet gently away from the skin using a pair of gloves. Avoid handling the ticks with your bare hands to avoid possible transmission of disease to the both of you.
If you’re not yet that confident to have your dog unleashed in the wild during your exploration, you can keep your pet restrained using a leash. That way, your dog will be safe and won’t disturb other campers.
You should also avoid letting your dog drink from stagnant bodies of water because those are usually contaminated and full of insects.
Bring a first aid kit for your dog
Bringing a first aid kit for your dog is actually recommended because unexpected things love to happen during any outdoor activities. Consider packing some pain relievers like Tramadol and Rimadyl, which can be tolerated by dogs. Splinters and thorns have no mercy towards anyone and pain relievers designed for humans are not that effective when given to dogs.
When you plan to take your dog on an excursion in the wilderness, you have to be vigilant with your dog’s action because it usually doesn’t hesitate to explore further, which can be inviting to injuries.
Taking proper safety measures can seem like a hassle in the beginning but it could save you a lot of time and nerves in the long run.
There are plenty of responsibilities in bringing a pet along in your expedition but those shouldn’t be a factor of discouragement. It is really an adventure that will deepen the bond between you and your canine companion.