Pets like Camping, too!
Posted April 13, 2015
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, camping during the
springtime can be a perfect weekend getaway. However, if you
don’t want to leave your four-legged friends behind while setting
out on your adventure, try bringing them along.
“Many campgrounds allow pets, with certain rules and
regulations,” said Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor
at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Often, the rules regarding pets can be seen posted on their
website, and if not, questions can be easily answered over the
phone. However, it is not advised that you show up with your pet
without prior research and consent.
“Most rules will include things such as having your pet on a
leash, making sure they are supervised at all times, and requiring
proof of vaccinations,” Stickney said. “Even if they don’t require
health records or vaccination certificates, it’s a good idea to
bring them along just in case.”
Just as you need to pack food and other essentials for yourself,
don’t forget to pack necessities for your pets as well. Some items
you’ll need to bring are plenty of food, a pet first-aid kit, a
harness, and a leash. Even if the campsite has natural water
resources, such as streams or lakes, you must still bring plenty of
water for your pet to drink throughout your stay.
“Your pets will want to drink out of any pond and lake in sight,
but there are many different diseases they can catch by doing
that,” Stickney said. “So you don’t want that to be their primary
source of water.”
Coming into contact with wild animals is a definite risk when
you are out in a national forest or grassland. Although most of the
wildlife you run into wants to keep away from you as well, you
should have a way of containing your pet just in case.
“If your pet does get into a tussle with a wild animal, you do
not want to get into the middle of it,” Stickney said. “There is a
very good chance you will be bitten or harmed.” Your best method of
action is calling off your pet or to try scaring away the wild
In order to prevent such situations in the first place, it is a
good idea to keep your pets close to you throughout your camping
expedition and to have a leash or harness available at all
Before setting off on your camping adventure, make sure your
pets are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations, especially
rabies. Depending on the campsite’s location, you may consult with
your veterinarian about any other vaccinations that your pet may
need, as well as discuss appropriate flea and tick control.
To make camping with your pet an exciting experience for the
both of you, be sure to research the campsite ahead of time, take
note of any restrictions or regulations, and bring the essentials
along with you. Following these guidelines will guarantee a good
time for everyone.
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