Camping with Your Pet: A Survival Guide

Time to unplug and head for the woods. Camping is a great way to reset your mind, get away from it all and enjoy everything that nature has to offer. It’s a chance to get back in touch with your surroundings. It’s also an opportunity to spend more time with yourbeloved pet. But how can pet-time in nature feel so unnatural? Before you roll up those sleeping bags, read over these ideas to help take the wildness out of your trip to the wilderness.

Get your pet checked out
As with any physical activity with your pet, take a trip to your veterinarian first to make sure you pet is well and up to date on vaccinations. Read our post about the rattlesnake vaccine, while you’re at it.

Pack for your pet
Remember all the things your little guy needs each day. You will need to pack food, toys, leash, bed, water dish. It adds up, but it will equal a better trip if you get it all before you leave.

Plan your pet time
Think of the things you will do with (and without) your pet while you are camping. Will she join you on hikes? Better make sure there are pet-friendly trails. If she stays at camp, be sure to take shelter and safety measures, especially regarding the summer heat. Also research your vacation destination for options. If there is a lake there, for example, see if pets are allowed on the beach or in the water. This planning will also help guide your discussion with your vet.

Keep your pet Safe
In addition to protecting your pet from the heat, make sure he has a leash and good shelter at camp. Some recreation areas can have ATVs or other vehicles zooming by, and you don’t want to be chasing your pet chasing the local machinery. This will also help him stay safe near campfires and other animals in the area.

Remember to clean up after your pet
Two words: baggies and brushes. Remember to clean up your pet piles and keep baggies with you wherever you go. Also, give your pet a good brushing when you get back home. This will help get tangles and debris out of her hair. It will also give you an opportunity to check her for ticks or wounds.