Protect Pet Health With Vaccines and Preventative Treatments
When taking your dog camping, you must also be aware of pet safety and health concerns that may not arise in everyday life at home. In the wilderness we find insects, wildlife, parasites and other dangers, and it’s always best to be prepared.
“Before leaving for your camping trip, make sure that you know whom to call if you have a pet emergency,” Dr. Stromberg says. “Bring the phone numbers of several local veterinary clinics and know their emergency policies ahead of time.”
Before going camping with dogs, also check that your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Dr. Stromberg notes that pet owners may also consider the Lyme vaccine, if ticks are a concern, or the Leptospirosis vaccine, which protects your pet from a serious bacterial infection that can be contracted from exposure to “opossum, raccoons, rodents, foxes or coyotes.”
If you don’t have your dog on monthly heartworm medicine for dogs and flea and tick medicine for dogs, it’s a good idea to start. Ticks—found especially in wooded areas—can infect your dog with Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, and mosquitos can transmit heartworm disease.
“There are many flea and tick products, including spot-on topicals, collars and oral tablets,” she says. “Your veterinarian can help you choose the best product for your situation.”
It’s best to check with your veterinarian to find the right prescription pet medication rather than trying over-the-counter options that might not work.