Are you going on a camping trip this summer and bringing your pet? Your pet’s safety is a very important concern as you plan for your trip! The team at Spanish Trail Pet Clinic recommends that your pet is up-to-date on all of their pest preventatives and pet vaccines to ensure that they’re safe from disease. In addition to this, however, we have a few more camping safety tips to remember while you’re at the campsite!
Pet Campfire Safety
Campfires can be very dangerous for pets, especially if you’re cooking over them. Pets can be tempted by food and risk burning themselves just to grab a bite of something that they shouldn’t be eating in the first place. We recommend restraining your pet while operating a cook fire in your campsite and be sure to clean up any dangerous food scraps such as bones and corn-on-the-cob before bringing your pet back by the fire again.
Drinking Water Safety for Your Pet
When you’ve been camping and hiking, your pet may get thirsty and it’s important to provide them with fresh, cool drinking water at all times. Out in the woods, dangerous diseases such as leptospirosis are passed to pets through standing water and the urine of wild animals. Never let your pet drink out of a puddle or even a stream; provide them with the same drinking water that you and your family will be consuming.
Dog Hiking Safety
When hiking with your pet, paw safety is a concern. We recommend checking your pet’s paws for injuries, thorns, or burrs when you return from a hike. It’s also important to check your pet for ticks, taking special care to examine around the ears, neck, and under the tail.
Questions about Pet Camping Safety
If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s safety on your next camping trip, please contact Spanish Trail Pet Clinic today. We look forward to assisting you!