Do you enjoy going hiking? Man’s Best Friend can make a great trail buddy! Exploring a pretty trail with Fido can be a great way to get away for a while and unwind. It’s also great exercise for both you and your pooch. However, there are things to keep in mind. A Martinez, CA vet offers some advice on this below.
First things first: Fido should be microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccinations and parasite control. You may also want to get him some GPS tags.
Bring a small back along for Fido. This should contain food, water, waste baggies, collapsible dishes, and a pet first-aid kit. Stronger dogs may be able to carry their own gear in a harness. As for the water, consider getting a portable doggy water bottle with a dispenser.
Before taking your dog on any strenuous hike, make sure he’s up for it. If your pup isn’t very active, build his endurance up slowly before taking on a tough trail. Hiking won’t be suitable for all of our canine companions. Very small dogs and very large dogs may both tire out fairly quickly, which is something to consider. Seniors, puppies, nursing mamas, and pooches that are sick or injured are also best off staying at home. If you aren’t sure whether Fido will be a good trail buddy or not, check with your vet.
Fido is naturally very curious. This is cute, but can also be dangerous. Don’t let your furry friend sniff around in areas that could be housing snakes or other wildlife. You’ll also need to be careful with plants. Foxtails are a major concern, as they have sharp seeds which can burrow into your pet’s skin. The ASPCA has more information here.
Training can go a long way towards keeping your canine buddy safe. Make sure that Fido obeys simple commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come.
Planning to take Fido to Mount Diablo? Dogs aren’t allowed on the trails or fire roads. You’ll need to keep to the dog-friendly areas, which are generally the developed areas. You’ll also need to keep your furry buddy leashed during the day and in your tent or vehicle at night.
Do you need to make an appointment for your furry friend? Contact us, your local Martinez, CA animal clinic, anytime!