We live in an outdoor paradise and summer means hiking, biking, rafting, and getting out in it—but if your dog is coming along, you’ll want to minimize danger. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend safe:
Don’t let your dog drink ocean, lake or river water, which may contain harmful bacteria (such as leptospirosis), algae and/or parasites. Ocean water can also cause serious digestive upset and dehydration and may even increase some pets’ seizure risk.
Rattlesnakes, scorpions, yellow jackets and other stinging and biting insects are found throughout Oregon. Keep your pet leashed and on trails. Avoid allowing sniffing around rocks and logs where you can’t see to prevent these very dangerous bites and stings. If your pet is bit or stung, he or she may need immediate medical attention.
Even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these little dudes after being outdoors. They can jump from pets to people and carry nasty illnesses, including Lyme disease.
Watch for wildlife. Coyote, hawks, bears, wolves, and others have been known to track, snatch and kill pets. Raccoons and possum could fight with your dog over food. Walk your dog on a non-extendable lead and never leave your pet tied up at a campsite unsupervised.
Before hiking or heading into any unfamiliar area, make sure your pet is wearing identification and is microchipped—and that the microchip information is current.
It’s always a good idea to get in for a check-up before camping or any adventure to confirm that your pet is current on vaccinations, has the parasite protection needed, and that he or she is healthy enough to travel.