Hiking With Your Best Friend
Everyone loves to include their pets on their summer outings. The outdoors can be just as fun for your pets as for you. Take the proper precautions on keeping your pet safe on outdoor adventures.
Avoid heatstroke while hiking or biking with pets. As quick as a human can suffer form heatstroke an animal can suffer faster. A temperature of 106 or over is the warning sign that your dog is suffering from the heat. Never leave your pet unattended in the vehicle during spring or summer months. The car temperature inside increases rapidly killing 1000’s of pets each year. If you are hiking with your pet take frequent breaks. Find shade, or a body of water for them to go in. Bring plenty of water with you. You can also shorten your hike that day if you plan on taking your furry friend.
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Prevent diseases from insects. Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, etc.. carry various diseases. Infecting the animal after biting them. You can easily prevent bites by making sure they have proper protection from a liquid or pill form. Always check the animals fur upon arriving home for any hidden insects that hopped on. If your in a area where you would typically run into snakes or dangerous wildlife and the dog gets bite take the dog immediately to the vet. Staying on designated trails free of brush, or high grass also can prevent these bites. If you must go through a unknown wooded area, take a stick and rustle around in front of you and your pet while you walk. Excessive sneezing can indicate a long piece of grass or object in the nose cavity. Licking their paw or limping on that paw can indicate either an injury, or possible bur stuck in pad.
Known your plants and berries. Researching the common shrubs along the trails prevent you from letting your dog sneak in a nibble or two. There are many poisonous plants outdoors as well as indoors. The best solution is not letting your dog eat them. Signs of poison are vomiting , diarrhea, and weakness. Take the pet to the vet for proper treatment.
Make sure your pet is well seen for night hikes. Reflective vests, collars with bells, even reflective collars prevent the dog from getting lost. It’s best to keep them on the leash. Have your dog microchipped. The simple inexpensive procedure can ensure you that if the pet got lost they would have a chance of getting back to you.
An adventure is waiting for you and your best friends. They love to explore as much as you do. Let them tag along for an even more unique experience exploring the world. Knowing an avoiding is the key to a successful day out on the trails. A safe pet is a happy pet.