Safety Tips for Hitting the Trail with Your Pooch

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:00pm
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As the crisp fall air settles in and bright orange and red leaves swirl down from the trees, what better time to hit the trail? But as you plan your fall wilderness hikes, don’t forget your canine friends! Here are some ASPCA expert tips to ensure your dog’s safety as you explore the great outdoors together.

  • Pack a leash. With so many nooks and crannies to explore on the trail, it’s best to opt for a non-extending leash to avoid potential tangles with branches and brambles.
  • Bring IDs, please! Always make sure that your current contact information, including your cell phone number, is attached to your dog’s collar or harness.
  • Check your records. You never know what you might encounter on a hike through the woods. Before you set out on your journey, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.
  • Give pests the boot. Tick prevention is essential when tromping through the great outdoors. Treat your pooch with PetArmor, a spot-on flea and tick treatment by FidoPharm, one of the ASPCA’s corporate partners.
  • Leave no trace. Scoop up after your dog when she goes to the bathroom as you would on a stroll through your neighborhood.
  • Stay hydrated—don’t forget to bring enough water for yourself and your dog. It’s best to avoid letting your dog drink from nature’s water fountains, as puddles, lakes and streams can be home to nasty parasites and toxins that could be harmful to your furry friends.

For more tips about keeping your pet safe in the wilderness, check out our expert hiking safety tips, and feel free to download our printable Hiking Safety Tips guide [PDF] to carry with you on the trail.