4 Tips for Taking Your Dog Camping This Summer

Camping in Washington in the summertime can be a fun and exciting adventure for your family. A great way to enjoy the trip even more is by bringing the family dog along. A little extra planning will make sure your pet stays happy and healthy while camping. Here’s how to make sure your pet stays safe while enjoying the outdoors.

Check the Site

Many camping areas welcome pets, but some don’t. Check ahead of time to make sure you’re allowed to bring your dog. Read over camp area rules to know if there’s anything you need to watch for or bring before you head out with your pet. Check leash laws while you’re at it. Some campgrounds allow your dog to roam freely around your camp site, others require a leash.

Pack Your Gear

You want to travel light but still have everything you need to keep your pet healthy. Here are some items to bring.

  • A doggy water bottle and collapsible food and water bowls
  • A comfortable sleeping pad or blanket for your pet
  • A first aid kit
  • A reflective leash and collar.

Watch Out for Safety Concerns

If you take your dog camping, you’re taking them out of their usual environment. There are some things you’ll need to look out for that you don’t have to worry about at home.

  • Bedtime. If you’re camping at higher altitudes, realize temperatures often plummet at night, even in the summertime. If your pets will be sleeping outside, provide shelter and make sure their bedding will keep them warm.
  • Wild animals. During the day, there are more critters around a campground than there are at home. Keep an eye out for rabbits, raccoons, skunks, and other small animals that might tempt your pet to dart off into unsafe areas. At night make sure wild animals can’t get to your pet. Bears and other predators roam the woods, and food smells will tempt them to investigate your camp.
  • Dehydration. Your pet loves the outdoors as much as you do. If you’re camping, they’re probably going to play hard. They might not realize they’re getting dehydrated until it’s too late. Be sure to offer plenty of clean water frequently so they drink enough.

Prevent Health Issues

Before you go, make sure your pet is in good health. Talk to your vet to make sure your pet is current on their vaccinations. Ask your vet about preventive options for bugs and advice on making a first-aid kit.

Legacy Animal Medical Center wants to help you and your pet enjoy your camping trip. We offer wellness and vaccination programs to make sure your pet is ready for the trail. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.