Do you enjoy hiking? Many of our canine pals love exploring new places with their human friends. Taking Fido out on the trail can be a great way to get some exercise, soak up some sun, and enjoy some quiet time in nature. Just be sure to put your furry friend’s safety first. Read on as a local Omaha, NE vet offers some advice on taking your pup out on the trail.
Keep Up With Preventative Care
Before taking Fido out on the trail, make sure that he is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccines and parasite control. It’s also best to clip your fuzzy pal’s nails before heading out, as long claws can get snagged on things.
While some areas allow you to have your dog off-leash, we don’t recommend it. Unless your pooch is exceptionally well-trained, this is one area where it’s best to err on the side of caution. The last thing you want is for your furry buddy to tear off into the woods after a squirrel!
Speaking of leashes, many people like using retractable ones. These can be very convenient, but they can be dangerous in certain situations. Be very careful near potential hazards, such as riverbanks and steep drop-offs.
Offer Safe Water
Anytime you bring your canine companion hiking, you’ll need to bring plenty of water along. Be sure to bring enough for both you and your pup! Try not to let your four-legged friend drink from rivers and streams, as the water may not be safe. You may want to get a portable doggy water bottle with a drinking bowl attached. These are great for hikes!
Dogs love to sniff around in brush and fields. Fido also has a penchant for going after wildlife. These can make for a dangerous mix! Don’t let your furry best friend sniff around areas that could potentially be housing snakes or other wildlife.
Take It Easy
Keep an eye on your canine buddy, and watch for signs of exhaustion. If Fido starts panting or lagging behind, immediately stop to give him a water break, and then (slowly) head for home.
Dog feces is a major source of water pollution. Be sure to pick up after your four-legged friend!
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Omaha, NE animal hospital, today!