Going on an Outdoors Trip with Your Dog

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A popular activity during the spring and summer is going on a camping trip. There are so many camping sites and parks that you can enjoy. If you own a dog, you might not want to leave it behind because dogs make for wonderful camping and hiking companions. However, there are a few things to consider and prepare for before you head into the great outdoors. Here are some tips to help you prepare and have a safe trip while you enjoy the outdoors together.

Know the Rules

Regardless of the destination you are considering, it is always important to learn the rules that govern bringing your dog along. There are a lot of camping grounds that do not accept pets and you do not want to make the long trip only to be turned away at the entrance. Understandably, the camping ground might want to preserve the environment, so go on their website and find out if they accept pets before you start planning your trip.

What to Pack

As you pack your backpack, it is important to think about what you will pack for your dog. You should carry their health records, including the vaccinations they have already been given. It is also a good idea to carry an emergency number for a nearby veterinary clinic and a poison control telephone number.

You should also include a first aid kit that includes items you will use to give your dog first aid if they get injured out in the wild. The kit should include medications (antiseptic, eyewash, allergy tablets, hydrogen peroxide, etc.), bandaging materials, and tools like gloves, a flashlight, dog blankets, a soft muzzle, a thermometer, and anything else you might need. 

If you are camping with an older dog that has joint or mobility issues, do not forget to bring their supplements, especially those that contain hyaluronic acid. Many older dogs suffer from joint stiffness due to a decrease in the amount of lubrication in their joints. Supplements from companies like YuMOVE that contain hyaluronic acid for dogs can help in the production of joint lubrication. In this way, hyaluronic acid for dogs can help improve your dog’s mobility and ease any pain they may feel while you are on the camping trip. YuMOVE conveniently packs joint supplements in boxes or tubs that are easy to pack and carry on a camping trip. All their supplements are also approved by veterinarians in the UK. 

Plan for Hydration

To keep your dog from overheating, ensure that you provide them with lots of water and shade. Hydration is especially important if you are unsure that you will get clean, safe water for your dog where you are going. If you can, try to bring a small water filtration and treatment system. Also, try to take lots of water breaks if you are going on a hike. This will give your dog time to drink enough water while you catch a view of the great outdoors or even take a few photographs.

Keep Your Dog Restrained

Although many dog owners, especially new ones, would like for their dog to run and have as much fun as they can when they are outdoors, that is not always possible. Some camping grounds require that you keep your dog restrained at all times and it is always best to follow the rules. Also leaving your dog unrestrained is not a good idea because it might charge after an animal and end up getting seriously injured.

Additionally, keeping your dog restrained means that they do not mix with wildlife that carries disease vectors such as porcupines and skunks. To make your dog comfortable, do bring a crate that can give your dog a place to rest or curl up comfortably. A crate can also provide enough shade for your dog.

Watch Their Activity Levels

If your dog is hyperactive, they might be even more energized due to how busy the camping ground might be or by seeing new dogs and people. If they spend all their time running around, they may overexert themselves which leads to exhaustion, heat strokes, dehydration, and other issues. Because your dog will not show you how tired they are and might want to keep going, it is your job to slow down the fun if you think they are going to overexert themselves.

Check Them Regularly

Lastly, you should check your dog regularly for cuts, ticks, and scratches. Also, check their nose, paw pads, and ears for seeds and small stones. 

Taking your dog on an outdoor trip will take some preparation on your part. Do not forget to pack essential items such as a first aid kit, emergency numbers, and enough food for you and your canine friend. Once you get there, it is also important to keep an eye on your dog to ensure they are safe and having as much fun as they can.

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