With summer coming up, it’s the perfect time to hit the road with your furry pal! There are some great camping spots around Mississippi, so now would be a great time to start planning for your camping trip. Here are some tips the team at Northwood Hills Animal Hospital would like to share with you to ensure your camping adventure goes smoothly.

#1: Take your pet on a camping trial run

Have a trial run in your backyard to see how your pet will handle sleeping in a tent. Follow these tent safety tips:

  • Keep sleeping arrangements similar — To help your pet relax, keep sleeping arrangements similar to those at home. Bring your pet’s bed or crate, or ensure your mattress is large enough to accommodate you both.
  • Go big — When sharing your tent with a dog, the bigger the tent, the better. Spacious tents will help you both feel more comfortable, especially if the weather is hot and muggy.
  • Bring white noise — Some dogs will bark when they hear sounds at night, so play some white noise, such as a battery-operated fan.
  • Block exits — Always zip and secure your tent before going to sleep, and consider placing your gear in front of the door so your pet cannot leave.

#2: Plan ahead for a camping trip with your pet

After your pet passes their camping trial run with flying colors, search for the most suitable campsite for your trip. Check with campgrounds about their pet policies and rules, and reserve a spot early. Before heading into the woods, ensure your pet is current on their vaccinations and parasite prevention treatment so they are protected from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. 

#3: Think of ways to include your pet while camping

To make camping fun for you both, include plenty of dog-friendly activities, such as:

  • Exploring local parks
  • Enjoying an outdoor meal
  • Playing outdoor games
  • Hitting the trails
  • Visiting the beach
  • Going boating or kayaking

Remember, not all attractions are dog-friendly, so check before taking your pet.

#4: Keep your pet secure at all times while camping

Most campgrounds have leash requirements, and keeping your dog on a leash is the best way to keep them safe. If this is your pet’s first time camping, they’ll likely feel a bit overwhelmed and may not listen to commands if let off-leash. 

Now that we’ve shared some tips on how to enjoy camping with your pet, you’re ready to head to the great outdoors. Make sure to stock up on water, sunscreen, and of course, treats for your pet! Contact our team to ensure your furry pal is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention.