Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DDF PSA - Camping with your Pets

Hey, I could have PSA's on my blog too, no? I got this in my email with permission to crosspost and thought I should share. Part of the reason for this blog is to educate owners. Ultimately this is meant to allow them to train their pets to a degree where they can afford them freedom. In the case of today's PSA, that 'freedom' is the ability to take your dog camping with you and to have no worries about doing so; ensuring the safety of both the dog and you. There are some things you must remember to do when you decide to take your pets camping with you.

9 Tips for Camping with your Pets

(I will add one ... Make sure they have a Microchip. Collars can slip off taking ID tags along for the ride. Take a few minutes and read through ... did they forget any others?)

Along with summer, the camping season is in “full swing”…a time to pack up the family (including your “fur babies”) and head out into the great wild yonder. No one enjoys camping more than our pets…therefore it is wise to take extra preparations when planning your next camping trip with them. Here are some tips you can use to make your pet’s next camping outing a healthy and safe.

Before You Leave…

There are a number of precautions and preparations which should be taken in the days leading up to your camping trip.

1. Get a “Pre-Camping Physical”

Certain pets (due to age, ailments, and certain conditions) are simply not fit for camping. Having a discussion about your pet with a veterinarian can offer a great deal of insight regarding whether or not it will be wise to take them camping.

While visiting the veterinarian, check to ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Whether your camping takes place in secluded wilderness or whether it is at a local camping facility, missing vaccines can pose a danger to your pet and to other people and pets they come in contact with.

2. Bring a Pet First-Aid Kit

While it is always calming to escape the “hustle and bustle” of urban life, getting away from populated areas also means being further away from medical services. In case of emergency, it is always wise to bring along a “Pet First-Aid Kit” which should minimally contain the following…

- Antiseptic
- Bandages
- Tweezers
- Eye Drops
- Gauze
- Tape

3. Ensure that Travel Tags Are Up to Date

Over time, your pet’s travel tags can get worn out and hard to read…therefore it is a great idea to be sure that they are up-to-date and clearly legible. These tags should have your pet’s name as well as your name, address, and phone number. Some people prefer to put their mobile phone number on the pet’s tag so that they can be reached immediately (as long as they can get reception in their location).

While On the Road…

4. Restrain Your Pet

Did you know that an unsecured 25 pound dog in a 40 mile-per-hour crash carries the velocity of a half-ton mass, out of control within the vehicle? This poses a danger to both the pet (obviously) and the other occupants of the vehicle. This risk can be eliminated with the use of a seatbelt, travel crate, or pet barrier. For your pet’s sake, it is also wise to not allow them to put their head outside the window.

5. Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone in your Vehicle

Camping season temperatures can approach dangerous levels (over 160 degrees on a 90 degree day) in a hurry. This can cause your pet heatstroke or perhaps even death. Do not ever leave a pet alone in your vehicle under any circumstance during months of extreme temperature (including winter).

While Camping…

6. Bring Plenty of Food and Water

Water and food are essential to survival…therefore, it is not a bad idea to bring more than you think you’ll need. It’s also a good idea to serve these items in the bowls and containers that your pet is familiar with…the familiarities of home will make them a bit more comfortable when camping.

7. Allow Your Pet Time to become Comfortable

Pets (like most humans) will become anxious when they are in a place that they are not familiar with. Take the time to introduce your pet to their new surroundings and to become comfortable with them prior to leaving them on their own. They will adjust much more quickly if you are near.

8. Clean Up after your Pet

Uneaten food can attract bears…this is not good for you, your pet, or the bears for that matter. Bears have keen noses and can smell pet food that has been left sitting out from a very long distance. Therefore it is wise to either secure remaining/leftover pet food or to dispose of it, particularly at night.

Poop, another type of waste, will attract a much smaller pest…insects. Be sure to pick up your pet’s droppings and dispose of them properly.

Bears and insects can both make a camping trip significantly less enjoyable…do your best to eliminate both by disposing of waste properly.

9. Respect the Campers Around You

An increasing number of parks and campgrounds are becoming “pet friendly”…but this doesn’t mean you can let your pet run wild. Here are a few guidelines to follow that will ensure that your pet and your “neighbors for the weekend” stay happy and safe…

- Maintain complete control of your pet at all times.
- Be sure that your pet is not excessively noisy.
- Supervise your pet if it is within reach of passers-by.
- Always pick up after your pet.


Mr. Kid said...

I love dogs. Cool blog! This one is not good!

bichonpawz said...

This is a very informative post! VERY good information.....and I agree with you about the Microchip. We have carseats for our bichons...called LookOut Seats and they work very the RV or in the Jeep. I will say that in most of the RV Resorts and Campgrounds that we have stayed at...the major complaint is that people with BIG dogs do NOT pick up after their dogs. It's a shame. Don't they realize that a few bad ones can spoil it for everybody? We camped all last year with three very large and two small...and only had a problem at a couple of places where the limit was two. Great post!

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Ferry Freight said...

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