For many of us when taking the family on a camping trip it also means bringing the family dog too. But even though your dog is an animal, he is just as susceptible to injuries out in the wilderness as you are. Just like you, your dog is used to living in a home with a certain sense of security. So you need to take caution and watch out of your family pet just like any other family member. Here are some of the common injuries that can happen to your dog while camping.
We all love taking our dogs walking or running, but when we’re out in the woods dogs can become injured very quickly. It’s not uncommon for a dog to hurt his foot on a sharp rock, or sprain a limb on a hill. Most dogs are used to being outdoors but the wilderness can present some unexpected obstacles when hiking with his master. So be careful where you take your dog in the woods. Try and stay on sturdy ground and keep an eye on his footing.
There are a lot of creatures in the wilderness that we all try to avoid when camping. Unfortunately dogs have the natural instinct of chasing after most of the animals and it can lead to serious injuries or worse. Bees, skunks, raccoons, squirrels are some of the smaller critters that can make a camping very unpleasant for your pooch if he gets bitten by one. Larger animals like bear, elk, boar, and moose can do a lot more damage to your family pet if attacked. Always try to be aware of your surrounding if you’re walking with your dog. Keep in securely tied in the campsite when you can’t keep watch of him.
Some of the things that can hurt your dog are things you can’t even see. Parasites and bacteria in the surrounding waters can upset your dog or make him quite ill if you’re not careful. The heat, even in the woods can be especially difficult on a dog while camping. Even if it feels like a nice cool day to you, your dog may be feeling the effects of the direct sunlight or humidity.
Be sure to keep plenty of fresh bottled water handy for your dog. Keep him hydrated with plenty of fresh drinking water from a clean bowl in the campsite. And always look for signs of heat stroke or exhaustion. If he is panting a lot, seems sleepy or lethargic he likely needs some fresh water and a cool spot in the shade to rest. Don’t forget to bring him plenty of food and keep it in a safe and dry place away from the elements and woodland critters.
As in most situations make sure your family dog is up to date on all of his shots. Also make sure he is in good health before you expose him to the elements of a camping trip. Be sure you have a strong sturdy leash to keep him on and a good place to tie him down when needed. It’s also important to make sure he is wearing a collar with identification on it.
A reflective leash is a good idea to help easily find him in the dark with a flashlight, especially if he pulls a Houdini act and gets away from the campsite. If there are any other campers nearby find out if they have any pets with them and make sure they’re dog is healthy with shots as well. Let them know about your dog as well so that both family pets can be as safe as possible.
Finally give your pooch a safe and dry place to sleep at night. Some may prefer to sleep in the tent with you. Others may like sleeping outdoors. Give him a soft place to sleep. Bring an old blanket for him to curl up in if it gets chilly during the overnight. Remember your dog is a part of the family too so make sure you look after him too.