Six pet health and safety tips for camping with your dog

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By: Chryssa Rich
Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate
Jayda happily sits in her owner's pink camping chair.
One of the activities I look forward to most this summer is camping with my newly adopted dog, Jayda. It’s been an adventure for both of us! When “roughing it” together, you can ensure the pet health and safety of your four-legged friend by keeping these top six tips in mind:

1. Protect pet health by talking to your vet about flea and tick prevention
Before heading out into the great wide open with your pet, consider the dog health care needs for flea and tick prevention. Talk to your veterinarian about where you’ll be camping, trends in the region, and the overall health of your dog. If you have the Pets Best Insurance BestWellness plan, remember you can submit the claim for a limited amount reimbursement.

2. Keep your dog warm at night
Dogs lose heat from their noses, so they hide them when they’re cold. In addition to a favorite bed, offer your dog blankets to burrow under. Dogs with short coats may even need an extra layer like a doggie sweater.

3. Pack extra dog food
Camping activities burn lots of extra calories. Be generous with food if you’ve had an especially active day, and take two containers in case one becomes wet or is gobbled up by a woodland creature. Also, don’t be alarmed if your dog skips meals. For some animals, the stress of travel is an appetite suppressant. However, if your pet’s appetite isn’t back to normal after the trip is over, take your dog to your veterinarian to make sure there isn’t another pet health issue.

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4. Invest in a good tie-out stake and choose the right ground location
A metal corkscrew tie-out stake and 20-foot lead will allow your dog to safely enjoy the campsite. Check the stake often as tugging and wet conditions can loosen it, especially in sandy ground.

5. Take a variety of collars and leashes with you
Camping offers great new places to work with your dog and activities that are great for pet health. If you’re still training your pet, bring a variety of leashes. I use a 15-foot lead and prong collar for training sessions, and a regular collar when she’s on a short leash or tie-out. For swimming and hiking, a harness helps me control her movements and ensures she’s safe.

6. Make a “doggie camping bag” and keep a checklist inside
Designate a sturdy canvass bag as your “doggie camping bag” and keep a checklist inside it year-round so pet health and safety are never compromised by forgetting an important camping item. My list includes, food, a tie-out stake, a variety of collars and leashes, and dog bedding. It sounds like common sense, but even the most basic items can be forgotten when you’re rushing out the door for a weekend of fun.

Jayda and I are preparing for our third camping trip this weekend, and I like to think we’re getting better at it every time. We hope you find these tips helpful and use them to ensure the pet health and safety of your camping buddy in the great outdoors. Happy camping!

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