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Camping with your pets

It’s camping season again! Time for you and your pets to have some fun! 

Camping with your pets can be a lot of fun, but there are some precautions that you should take. 

  • Make sure your pets are on flea, tick and heartworm prevention.  You can purchase those at your veterinarian. 
  • A small first aid kit (supplies noted below), plenty of food, water, an extra collar and leash. 
  • Sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows for Smores is lots of fun, but chocolate is toxic to pets.
  • Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis. So take caution in what you feed your pet while camping.  
  • Be aware of surrounding wildlife when camping; Pets can get skunked, stung or bitten.  In California we have venomous species of snakes, look into a snake aversion course for your pet. It may save their life and yours. 
  • Getting skunked can be very challenging; eventually the smell will go away.  If your pet gets sprayed in the eyes then flush with saline eye flush from your local pharmacy. 
  • When swimming in lakes and rivers remember that not all pets can swim.  If your pet can’t swim you may look into purchasing a life jacket for him or her.  Make sure the life jacket fits properly. Never push your pet to swim; it may do more harm than good. 

But most of all have a good time enjoying your family and pets!

Below is a list of what a pet safe first aid kit should include or visit the Adobe Marketplace in Los Gatos and they will be happy to help and put one together with you!

  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Bandage Material
  • Quick Stop/ Nail Trimmers
  • Hemostats or Tick Pullers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (To induce emesis as directed by a veterinarian)
  • Disinfectant such as Chlorhexidine/ Water 1:1 Dilution or Vetericyn which is sold in the Marketplace
  • Saline Eye Flush
  • Printed Veterinary Records for your pet, in case of emergency
  • Veterinary Emergency Offices near where you will be staying  

Written by Melissa Ribeiro, RVT, one of our remote operators and technicians