Hiking with Your Dog

Hiking with Your Dog

Tips for Safety and Comfort on the Trail

Caring for your dog when hiking is important to ensure their safety, comfort and well being. Here are some tips to help you take care of your furry friend during a hiking trip.

Prepare: Check if the trail allows dogs. Some trails have restrictions on dogs, so make sure the trail you plan to hike is dog-friendly. Ensure your dog is physically fit for the hike. Consider your dog's age, breed, and overall health before embarking on a strenuous hike.

Pack: Bring plenty of water for both you and your dog. Dogs can get dehydrated quickly, especially during physical activity and carry a collapsible water bowl for your dog to drink from. Pack dog-specific food and treats to keep your dog energized and don’t forget the poop bags. Pack a doggie blanket in case the weather turns cold.

Equipment: Use a well-fitting harness instead of a collar as a harness is safer for your dog's neck, especially if they pull. Attach a leash to your dog's harness, even if your dog is well-trained off-leash, it's a good idea to have them leashed in unfamiliar environments to prevent accidents and encounters with wildlife.

Health and safety: Apply flea and tick prevention measures before the hike to protect your dog from pests and make sure your dog's vaccinations are up-to-date.

Carry a basic first aid kit that includes SalJetPet to clean cuts, scratches and bites and to wash eyes and ears. Also bandages, antiseptic, and tweezers for removing splinters or ticks.

Other stuff: Have rest breaks for you and your dog, don’t get over heated and don’t get too cold!

Have a plan in case of emergencies and make a note of the nearest veterinary clinics or animal hospitals in the area you're hiking. Finally, do tell somebody what your hiking plan is before you leave home.


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