Taking your dog camping and hiking

Summer is finally here ! With so many great lakes and trails around Prince George I'm sure many of you are just as excited for camping and hiking season as we are.  Here are a few things to be aware of when taking your pets camping or hiking.

Tick Prevention: whether hiking or camping, being in a highly wooded area can increase your pets risk of getting ticks. Ticks are not only irritating to your pets but they can also transmit diseases. Tick prevention medication is applied once a month and gives your pet protection from ticks, fleas, lice, and some internal parasites.

Vaccines: when taking your pets to provincial parks and other busy campsites ensuring your pets are up to date on vaccines. Vaccinations aren't mandatory to visit these parks however with a large number of dogs in one area keeping your pets up to date on vaccines can protect them from contracting any diseases. Many viruses such as parvo virus can live in the environment for a long period of time.

Hydration: Especially when it's hot, having water available for your pets is very important. Camping and hiking your pets will be running and playing in the heat. It is important to have water readily available for them. Bringing along portable water dishes when going for long walks is a good idea.

Water safety: Swimming is a great way for your pets to cool off and exercise in the Summer heat. Life jackets are a good idea for dogs who are weak swimmers or if they will be swimming for a long period of time. Especially in rivers where currents can be strong and unpredictable.