Tips for Taking Your Dog Camping

Are you planning to spend some time camping this summer? Dogs make great camping buddies! Man’s Best Friend loves exploring and sniffing new patches of grass! Just be sure to put your pup’s safety first. Fido can get into all sorts of trouble in the Great Outdoors! A Chattanooga, TN vet offers tips on taking your pooch camping in this article.

Wellness Care

An ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. Fido should be microchipped, wearing proper ID tags, and current on his exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. We also recommend that dogs be spayed or neutered. Your pet should know and obey basic commands, like Sit and Stay. Keep in mind that camping isn’t right for all dogs. Senior pooches, puppies, small dogs, and pups with medical issues may have trouble hiking. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Packing For The Pup

Put together a bag just for Fido. Your furry friend will need food, treats, bedding, toys, a leash and collar, towels, and dishes. You’ll also want to bring several days’ worth of any medications your pooch needs. Last but not least, we recommend bringing a doggy raincoat, a pet first aid kit, and, if you’ll be near water, a pet lifejacket.


It isn’t always easy to stop a dog from slurping up water from a pond, but try not to let Fido drink from unknown sources. The water may not be safe! Boil or treat ‘wild’ water before giving it to your canine buddy. You may want to get collapsible plastic dishes, which are very lightweight.

Dangerous Areas

Campsites can be very dangerous for Fido! Toxic plants are one thing to be concerned with. Do some research on the area you’ll be in, and keep an eye out. Trash is another hazard. It may contain bones, skewers, can lids, foil wrap, and other unsafe items. It’s also important to keep your pet away from the campfire and grill.

Pet Check

Give Fido a good, nose-to-tail inspection every day. You’ll want to look for ticks, as well as cuts, swelling, or other signs of trouble. Don’t forget about those furry feet: make sure your canine friend hasn’t torn a claw, or gotten a pebble stuck between his toes.

Please contact us, your Chattanooga, TN pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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