Hatfield Pet SitterFall is here and many people love to go camping. The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping! It is a chance to see nature up close and to relax in the great outdoors. For most of us, camping with our furry friend is an excellent option!

Bringing your dog along will certainly make your camping trip more fun- as long as you are prepared! Check that your campground allows pets. If possible, let your dog see the tent and go inside of it before you even leave home to remove any fear of new things.

Before you go, visit your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and any preventive measures against ticks, fleas and/or heartworms. Mosquitoes transmit heartworm so take a insect repellent that is pet friendly. Put the dog’s vaccine record in your car. Your pet’s microchip information should be up-to-date with the microchip company.

Some helpful hints:
1. Bring dog food and treats. Always have a water bowl too and refill it often.
2. Toys are important so that your dog has something to do while you’re busy.
3. Dog beds, blankets and/or extra towels help ensure your furbaby’s comfort.
4. Poop bags are a necessity too!
5. Some camps require dogs to be leashed in the campground- so take a stake with a long lead or a crate if your dog is crate trained.
6. Most importantly – check your dog for ticks, cuts, scrapes and burrs each day.

Check that camping list and then have fun!

~Written by guest blogger and Hatfield pet sitter Mary Ann W.

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