Tips for a successful camping trip with Fido 

Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or a casual car-camper, there are key safety tips that every pet owner should keep in mind when bringing their dog along on an outdoor adventure.

BluePearl veterinarians advise pet owners of the potential risks and offer preparation tips to keep dogs happy and safe this camping season.

“Dogs are masters of deception, so signs that a dog is ill isn’t always obvious. Being aware of your dog’s normal activities and behavior will help you recognize changes that indicate a problem,” explained Dr. Miryam Reems, emergency and critical care specialist at BluePearl in Tampa, Fla. “Limping, vocalization, loss of appetite, vomiting, panting, restlessness, and changes in temperament are all signs pet owners should look out for,” she added.

Things to know before you go:

What to pack:

“I often hear from pet owners, ‘My dog was normal yesterday. How can this happen so quickly?’ This is because dogs are masters at masking symptoms of sickness. If you have any inclination that your dog is ill, don’t wait. Bring them in to be evaluated,” remarked Dr. Reems.

Learn more about how to avoid pet injuries and insect bites on hikes with these expert tips from Dr. David Wohlstadter of BluePearl Pet Hospital, NYC.