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Adventures With Fido

Do you enjoy going hiking or camping in summer? Your canine pal will probably be more than happy to accompany you. Dogs love to explore! However, you will need to take measures to keep your furry buddy safe. A London, ON vet offers some tips on this in this article.

Preventative Care

Before taking Fido on a fun excursion, make sure that he is current on his vaccinations and parasite control. Your pooch should also be microchipped and wearing ID tags.

Training

Make sure that your canine buddy knows—and obeys—basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come. This can help you keep Fido from charging off after a squirrel or approaching dangerous areas.

Water

Always bring plenty of water along for your four-legged friend. Try not to let Fido drink from streams, rivers, or ponds. The water may not be safe! If you do collect water from these sources, make it safe to drink by boiling or treating it first, just as you would your own.

Packing

You’ll need to pack a few things for your canine friend. Fido will need, at the very least, food, water, a tie-out line, a first-aid kit, waste baggies, and some treats. If you’re going to be gone overnight, add toys and bedding to the list. Going to be near water? Bring a doggy lifejacket along as well.

Fire

There are few things better than sitting around a campfire with your furry best buddy. However, take care not to let your pup get too close to the flames. You’ll also need to be careful in the morning. Don’t let Fido walk over hot coals!

Leash

We know, dogs love to run around off-leash. However, Fido is much safer staying on a lead. Retractable leashes can be great, as they give your pup a bit more freedom. However, they aren’t safe in every situation. Don’t use these around dangerous areas, such as near cliffs or riverbanks.

Waste

We have some truly beautiful landscapes here in Ontario, so it’s important for all of us to do our part to preserve them. Always pick up after your pooch. Dog feces is a huge source of water contamination. In some places, you may be able to bury your dog’s waste. However, you’ll need to check local ordinances.

Please contact us, your local London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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