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Enjoy the Cool Autumn Weather: Tips on Camping with Your Dog

It is wonderful to enjoy the great outdoors with your canine companion. There are some precautions you should take on your camping adventure. These tips can help make camping fun and safe for both you and your pet.  

Getting Ready 
Before heading out on a camping trip, get your dog ready for the extra hiking you will do. For a couple of weeks before you go, try to take some walks on rougher ground and up and down some hills. This will build up your dog’s stamina and also condition the pads of his paws. You should also make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and licensing. If your pet takes medication, be sure to pack that, along with any needed treatment for heartworms and fleas and ticks.  

Bring Some Creature Comforts 
If your dog is in good health, he can carry some supplies in a small pack. Be sure to keep the weight of the pack under 15 percent of his body weight. Your canine friend can carry a small first aid kit, some treats, an extra leash, and a collapsible water bowl. Your first aid kit should have antibiotic ointment, coated aspirin, tweezers, and a snakebite kit.  

Mind Your Manners 
When at your campsite or on a hike, it is important to keep your pet near you and under your control at all times. If you are unsure of how your dog will react to other people near your campsite or during encounters with wildlife, you may need to keep him leased. It is a good idea to take a day trip first to test things out before leaving for an extended camping trip.

Whether its money, pet care, or traveling tips, we have all the information you need right here at Bridgeway I Apartments in Lafayette, Louisiana. We invite you to enhance your lifestyle with these helpful tips!

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