Are you planning to go hiking this year? Many dogs love to explore new places. After being cooped up, it’s great to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Fido can be a great hiking buddy. However, you will need to take some precautions to keep your pet safe on the trail. A Goodyear, AZ vet offers some tips on that below.
First things first. Before taking Fido hiking, make sure your vet doesn’t object. Your pup should also be microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccines and parasite control.
First and foremost, bring along plenty of water for both you and your furry friend. If Fido is fit and strong, he may be able to carry some of his own things in a doggy backpack. Consider getting collapsible plastic dishes. These are very lightweight and easy to carry, and they’re great when you’re on the go. We also recommend bringing a pet first-aid kit along. Better safe than sorry!
Overheating is definitely a huge danger for dogs at this time of year. Keep a close eye on your pet! Panting is usually the first warning sign that Fido is too hot. Other red flags include disorientation, respiratory distress, discolored gums, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately give your four-legged pal some water and cool him down. (Tip: one way to keep your pup cool outdoors is to wet a bandana and tie it around his neck.)
Paw care is very important in summer. Dogs can get very painful burns on their feet from hot ground, even after the sun’s gone down. Use paw balm or wax to protect Fido’s feet.
We know, our canine pals love to run free. However, Fido is much safer staying on a leash. Dogs are very curious, and will nose around anything that looks interesting. This can be dangerous: you don’t want your pooch disturbing a rattlesnake or scorpion, or investigating a cholla cactus. Keep your pup on a leash at all times. You can use a retractable leash. However, these can be risky in certain areas and situations, as the mechanism can snap. Don’t use these around dangerous areas, such as steep cliffs or ditches.
Please reach out to us, your Goodyear, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!