Camping With Fido

Are you planning to take your pup camping this summer? Your dog may be thrilled to be invited along. After all, Fido absolutely loves exploring new places! Just be sure to put your furry companion’s safety first! A North Suffolk, VA vet discusses camping with dogs in this article.

Doggy Camping

Camping isn’t necessarily right for every dog. Small dogs, senior pooches, obese pets, puppies, and dogs with medical conditions may be more comfortable in a pet hotel. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your pup’s age, size, and breed, as well as your campsite. If you’re staying in a cabin, Fido will probably do just fine. However, if you’re going to be hiking, check with your vet before bringing him along.


Training is very important! Before taking Fido camping, make sure he knows—and obeys—simple doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down.


Don’t forget to pack for the pooch! Fido will need food, treats, toys, bedding, a spare leash and collar, a tie rope, dishes, towels, waste baggies, medication, and a pet first-aid kit. You may also want to include a pet raincoat. If you’re going to be near water, bring a doggy lifejacket as well.

Preventative Care

Before taking your furry friend to the Great Outdoors, make sure that he is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. Fido should also be current on his vaccinations and parasite control. We also recommend clipping your dog’s claws before leaving.

Campsite Hazards

The average campsite can be quite dangerous for dogs. The fire itself is a big concern. Even once it’s out, Fido could burn himself on smoldering coals. Trash is another issue: it could contain bones, skewers, tin foil, can lids, and other dangerous items. You’ll also need to watch out for wild animals and toxic plants.


Try not to let your furry buddy drink from unknown water sources. The water could be contaminated! If you can’t bring all the water you need, boil or treat Fido’s water to make it safe to drink.


Inspect your canine pal thoroughly each day. You’ll want to look for ticks and bug bites, as well as scratches.


Always pick up after your pup. (Tip: check local ordinances to see if you can bury Fido’s waste.)

Please contact us, your North Suffolk, VA pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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