If you’re like a lot of pet owners, you probably consider your pet part of your family, so not taking them camping with you would simply feel like leaving a family member at home. So how can you take your pets along while providing them everything they need?
Here are some important tips to consider when you’re taking your dog, cat or really any pet along with you camping.
#1. Make sure the campground allows pets.
Sometimes campgrounds will allow dogs of a certain size and weight limit, but they must remain on a leash at all times. It’s not often you’ll find people camping with cats or other animals but it does happen, so ask if there’s any restrictions on the type of pet you can bring along. Usually dangerous, exotic or illegal pets are prohibited.
#2. Check with the veterinarian.
I know this might sound a little crazy but you’ll want to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for travel. Ask about any preventative medication for pests and bugs that might affect your pet at the campground. Dogs are more susceptible to ticks, fleas and heart worms so you want to keep any vaccine records in the car and be ready for an emergency. It’s also important to have your pet microchip so in case they get lost, they can be returned safely to the right owner.
#3. Don’t forget all the supplies you’ll need.
Think about what your pet needs at home; then make sure you have an alternative option for these items on the camping trip such as food and water bowls and dishes, bedding, leashes, harnesses, and collars. Also, if your pet likes to play, you might consider bringing toys or items that they may not normally get to play with for a little added excitement.
#4. Have extra towels and blankets available.
Depending on the time of year and where you go, your pet can get very dirty. If you plan on going hiking in the woods, you certainly don’t want that dog to bring in mud on the bottom of their paws, so have towels and extra blankets available to wipe off any mud or even wash the dog if necessary.
#5. Consider the weather.
If you normally have an air-conditioned house and you’re going camping without an air conditioner during very hot weather, make sure to consider how uncomfortable the pets might be. Verify that you have enough shade at your campsite, or have other options to cool your pet off should the heat rise.
#6. Use a pet friendly insect repellent.
Don’t use repellent appropriate for people as it can be harmful when inhaled or ingested. Use a pet friendly insect repellent to keep ticks, fleas and other bugs away from your pet.