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Taking Your Pet Camping or to the Cottage: Tips for a Safe and Fun Vacation
Families, Pets
Taking Your Pet Camping or to the Cottage: Tips for a Safe and Fun Vacation


(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Did you spend the winter dreaming of trips to the cottage or camping with your family, friends and pet? If you've been planning your trek to the cottage, or the dilemma of how you'll get your frisky pup to sleep in a tent, Pets Plus Us, a pet owner community and insurance coverage provider, has a few tips on how to keep everyone happy on vacation.

“Whether you're heading to the cottage or campground, make sure you know where the nearest vet is, and ensure that your pet's vaccinations are up to date,” says Randy Valpy, top dog at Pets Plus Us.

While rabies is uncommon, it can still be a serious threat from wild animals in the outdoors. Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date and keep an eye on your dog as he pokes around. You'll also want to put a proper collar on your pet, and have flea and tick medication on hand. Check your pet's fur daily for parasites. Also, remember to keep a close eye on your pet: run-ins with wildlife can be dangerous, so you may want to consider keeping your pet tied up or in an enclosed area when you are not able to provide direct supervision.

If you're taking your pet swimming, take their collar or leash off before they get in the water, to ensure it doesn't get caught on branches or brush in the water. If you're going boating, a pet life jacket is a great idea! And if you're planning to do a little fishing, be careful when casting. Keep your pet well back as you don't want to accidentally catch a hook on your pet.

Dogs can be incredibly inquisitive, so take extra care if you're having a campfire. Keep your pet well back from the fire and watch for sparks. Like a child, never leave your pet unattended near a fire. A curious sniff of a hot rock or ember can have painful consequences! If your pet is hit with a spark or nudges its nose too close to the fire pit, be sure to gently bathe the area with clean cold water.

Finally, if you're planning on sleeping outdoors at all, you'll want to make sure you know how a dog will respond sleeping outside, otherwise you won't be very popular with your neighbors at the camp! Pop up a tent in the backyard and have some practice sleepovers before you leave.

For more information, visit www.petsplusus.com.

— News Canada 

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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