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Camping With Your Dog

July 15, 2023

Summer is officially upon us! For many people, this time of year means lots of camping trips. Dogs can make great camping buddies. However, they can be prone to mischief. You’ll need to keep a close eye on Fido. A Troutville, VA vet discusses taking your furry pal camping in this article.

Check Pet Policies

Pet policies can vary wildly from state to state, city to city, and even among different campgrounds. Do your research! Keep in mind that even pet-friendly spots may have size or breed restrictions. (Note: most U.S. national parks are dog-friendly, but some only allow Fido in certain spots.) You’ll also need to check leash laws.


You’ll need to bring some gear for your canine buddy. Fido will need food, treats, towels, dishes, and a pet-first aid kit. Bring a spare leash and tie-line as well. 


Remember to  pick up after your four-legged friend! Opt for biodegradable bags: these are a more eco-friendly option.


Fido should be current on vaccines and parasite control. Depending on where you’re going, you may want to add new vaccines, such as Lepto. Ask your vet for more information.


It’s important to be aware of the possibility of your pup running into a wild animal. We recommend keeping dogs leashed at all times. If Fido always comes when called, you may be able to offer him some leeway, but it’s best to err on the side of caution here. Don’t let your furry best friend nose around in areas that could be unsafe. Riverbanks, steep cliffs, that patch of foxtail grass … these things all present dangers for a frisky, curious pooch! 

ID Tags

Your canine companion should be microchipped and wearing ID tags. Make sure your information is correct in the chipmaker’s database. (GPS tags are also a good option.) 


Headed to a lake or river? Add a doggy lifejacket to your packing list. Also, be aware of the risks of blue-green algae, particularly in warm, shallow lakes. Check local resources, and stick to swimming spots you know are safe. You’ll need to plan for Fido’s drinking water as well. If you’re roughing it and camping in the woods, boil or treat your canine pal’s water, just as you would your own. 

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Troutville, VA pet clinic, today!

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