Planning for a Dog-Friendly Camping Trip

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In Oregon, we’re lucky to have plenty of outdoor spots where we can spend quality time throughout our beautiful summers. If you’re bringing your pup on your next camping excursion, gear up with her in mind:

Double-check that the campground is dog-friendly. Do this well before you leave so you can re-book if needed.

Let her sniff your gear. Try setting up your tent in your yard days before you leave so she can sniff it out and get comfortable ahead of time.

Print important medical information and make sure she’s microchipped. Bring copies of your dog’s vaccine records and notes on any pertinent health issues, and just in case, locate an address and phone number for a veterinary hospital near where you’ll be staying. Also, get your dog microchipped if you haven’t already so she can be reunited with you easily if she happens to wander off.

Stock up on parasite preventives. Depending on where you’re traveling, fleas and ticks may be out in droves this time of year. Start your dog on flea and tick preventives before you leave.

Bring toys, but not bones. In general, bones aren’t great for our dogs: bones can splinter and damage our pups’ stomachs and intestines. But they can also attract unwanted wildlife guests (like bears or wolves) to your campsite.

Pop the tent in some shade and keep the water coming. Dogs have a harder time cooling down than we do, so they’re prone to overheating even on days that don’t feel particularly hot to us. Refresh your dog’s water bowl often, and make sure she has a spot to lounge in the shade.

Check your dog daily for burrs, thorns, foxtails and ticks. Especially after hikes, check your dog thoroughly for ticks and plant matter. Make sure to inspect her ears and paws very closely!

Most importantly: have fun! Getting outdoors for a weekend can be refreshing for you and for your dog. Always keep her safety in mind, but have fun, too.

Still not sure you and your dog are ready for your camping trip? Call Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego at 503.850.6280 or contact us online if you have any questions.