Hiking and Outdoor Safety

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 Seasonal & Regional Tips Comments
Hiking and Outdoor Safety

Remember, when hiking or taking long walks there can be sharp rocks or even glass, so consider putting booties on your dog.

Know the area and choose a path that is frequented by other dogs.  This will ensure that the trail is conducive to a fun hike instead of a dangerous trip.  Be alert and watch for insects, mold, poisonous plants, ticks, mosquitoes, bird droppings, mold spores, fungi, snakes and spiders.

Consider purchasing a doggie backpack that has pockets and room for an extra water bottle, booties, poop bags, flea /tick protection, a natural insecticide and a snack.  Also include a small first aid kit with elasticized bandage, medical tape, band aids, antibiotic ointment and a roll of gauze.

Be particularly cautious if you have a brachycephalic or short nosed dog, as these dogs cannot thermoregulate appropriately and may overheat and suffer from heatstroke, exhaustion or even death.

 

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