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