Before Camping With Your Dog
A dog is a family member too, so it makes sense that some time is spent planning and preparing your pet’s camping gear. Listed below are some tips to consider before and during your camping trip.
Before Your Trip
- Check that your dog’s shots and vaccinations are up-to-date. Also, consider vaccinations for Lyme disease and Bordetella (Bordetella should be done 2 weeks prior to the trip).
- Prepare safe travelling for your dog by having a travel crate or dog seat belt restraint whether you are travelling in an RV, truck or car. If you are using a crate, check that it is secured in the vehicle to prevent the crate from sliding.
- Ensure you have flea/tick repellents or collars to protect your dog from getting ticks, fleas and/or other diseases that can be contracted through wildlife, plants and insects.
- Are dogs allowed and what are the campground pet rules?
- Is there a restriction regarding the size of dog allowed in the campground?
- Does the campground require dogs to be leashed at all times? If so, where is the nearest off-leash area?
- Are there any areas in the park or campground that are prohibited to dogs, i.e. the beach, playground, group picnic area, etc.?
- Is there a nearby kennel and where is it located? This is handy to know ahead of time in case you attend an event or activity where dogs are not allowed.
- In the summertime choose a campsite with shade for your dog.
Things to Pack
- Current copy of your dog’s vet records, phone number, medications and any creams.
- Make sure your dog has proper ID tags with their name, your name, current address and mobile phone number. (If staying in a campground for a lengthy period, obtaining a temporary dog tag with name and phone number of campground is advised).
- Obtain the name of vet and phone number in the area where you camp.
- Dog Crate or dog seat belt restraint.
- Flea/tick repellents or collars.
- Environmentally-friendly dog bags.
- Lots of water for dog.
- Bring the same food (diet) that dog has at home, i.e: dog food, treats and bowls.
- Pack toys, brush, and leash (a spare leash and collar are good to have on hand).
- In case of an emergency, pack a first aid kit and towel.
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