Summer is approaching, and now is the perfect time to get outdoors with your four-legged friend and go camping. Whether you visit the hiking trails near the city or venture further out, there are plenty of exploring you can do in North Carolina. But before packing up your tent, the team at AMC of Garner Veterinary Hospital would like to offer you some tips to ensure your camping adventure with your pooch goes smoothly.

#1: Plan ahead for a camping trip with your pet

Before you start heading out, make sure you search for the most suitable campsite for your trip. Check with campgrounds about their pet policies and rules, and reserve a spot early. Before heading into the woods, ensure your pet is current on their vaccinations and parasite prevention treatment so they are protected from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. 

#2: Take your pet on a camping trial run

Have a trial run in your backyard to see how your pet will handle sleeping in a tent. Follow these tent safety tips:

  • Keep sleeping arrangements similar — To help your pet relax, keep sleeping arrangements similar to those at home. Bring your pet’s bed or crate, or ensure your mattress is large enough to accommodate you both.
  • Go big — When sharing your tent with a dog, the bigger the tent, the better. Spacious tents will help you both feel more comfortable, especially if the weather is hot and muggy.
  • Bring white noise — Some dogs will bark when they hear sounds at night, so play some white noise, such as a battery-operated fan.
  • Block exits — Always zip and secure your tent before going to sleep, and consider placing your gear in front of the door so your pet cannot leave.

#3: Think of ways to include your pet while camping

To make camping fun for you both, include plenty of dog-friendly activities, such as:

  • Going boating or kayaking
  • Exploring local parks
  • Enjoying an outdoor meal
  • Playing outdoor games
  • Hitting the trails
  • Visiting the beach

Remember, not all attractions are dog-friendly, so check before taking your pet.

#4: Keep your pet secure at all times while camping

Most campgrounds have leash requirements, and keeping your dog on a leash is the best way to keep them safe. If this is your pet’s first time camping, they’ll likely feel a bit overwhelmed and may not listen to commands when let off-leash. 

Ready to head to the great outdoors with your pet? Contact our team to ensure your furry pal is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention.

Think you and your furry pal are ready to head to the great outdoors? Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite prevention, and don’t forget to pack a first aid kit. Contact our team to ensure your pet is current on vaccinations and ready to go.