Taking Your Dog Camping

Are you planning to spend some time in the Great Outdoors this summer? It’s always good to get away for a bit. Dogs make great camping buddies! However, you will need to keep a close eye on Fido, and make sure he stays safe, healthy, and out of mischief. A London, ON vet discusses camping with dogs in this article.

Before You Go

Fido should be fixed, microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on all vaccines and parasite control products. Your furry pal should also obey simple commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. Consider your dog’s age, health, and personality, especially if you’ll be hiking. Some pooches, such as senior dogs, puppies, small dogs, and brachycephalic breeds, would probably be more comfortable staying in a doggy hotel.

Packing For Fido

You’ll need to pack a bag for your canine companion. Fido will need food, toys, dishes, treats, bedding, waste baggies, towels, a tie-out line, a spare leash and collar, and a pet first-aid kit. If you’ll be near water, include a doggy lifejacket. A pet raincoat may also come in handy. Strong pups may be able to carry some of their things in doggy backpacks.


Man’s Best Friend loves exploring. Just keep a close eye on Fido. Don’t let him explore dangerous areas, or spots that could be housing wild animals. We recommend keeping him leashed, for safety reasons.


Camping can be fun for dogs, but it can also be dangerous. Don’t let your pup get too close to the fire! You’ll need to be careful about this in the morning as well, as you don’t want Fido stepping on hot coals and burning his paws. Trash is another concern. Your garbage may contain things like bones, skewers, toothpicks, tin foil, fat trimmings, and can lids. These are all very dangerous to your furry buddy!


Try not to let Fido drink from rivers, ponds, lakes, or streams. Use the same protocols for your canine friend’s water as you would for your own. This means boiling or treating ‘wild’ water to make it safe for drinking.


Always pick up after your pet. Dog feces are a major source of water contamination. In some areas, you can bury Fido’s waste, but check with local officials first.

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, for your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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