It’s hard to beat sitting in front of a crackling fire with your furry best friend beneath a starry sky. However, don’t let Fido get too close: flying sparks could singe his fur. You’ll also need to be careful in the morning, especially if your firepit isn’t enclosed by stone or otherwise contained. Your dog could burn his paws walking over hot coals.
Do some research into the area you’ll be camping in, and find out what animals live there, and when and where you’re likely to encounter them. You don’t want your pooch having an encounter with a bear or rattlesnake!
You’ll also need to protect your pooch from dangerous diseases, such as Lepto, which can be picked up anywhere infected wild animals have been. Parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms also tend to be out and about in large numbers in wild and wooded areas. Keep up with Fido’s veterinary care!
Fido is definitely an opportunist when it comes to food. Trash could contain things like skewers, bones, tin foil, or can lids .. none of which are safe for him. Plus, if Fido gets into the trash, he may strew it around, which could attract other, less friendly, animals.
Don’t let your furry buddy slurp water out of ponds, puddles, or lakes: the water could be contaminated. Use the same protocols for Fido’s water as you would your own, and boil or treat it before drinking.
Speaking of water, you’ll also need to be aware of the dangers of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. Blooms tend to happen in shallow lakes and ponds that stay above, so the dangers tend to be at the end of summer. Ask your vet for more information.
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