The scorching summer is about to bid adieu giving its way to the fall. In no time the streets will be covered with dry leaves and the nature will bless us with a scarlet hue and take our breath away. With an increase in the beauty of the surroundings, there will be a prominent decrease in temperature.
These moderate temperatures of autumn are considered to be hike-friendly. Many pet owners must have planned already to hit the trail with their canines. If you too are one of them, then to know about its safety tips is of prime importance. Make your adventurous trip a safe one by following the safety tips:
- It dulls this sporty outing if you leash your pooch. However it is safer to keep the extended leash handy. It may be better to leash your pooch whenever he comes in contact with other hikers and dogs. It may also help you in keeping the canine in control when he gets over-excited with the new independence.
- The most important thing is your dog’s ID tag! Your canine should be carrying proper identification details secured to his collar. It should be tied in such a way that slipping off could never be the case. In case your pet gets lost in the wilderness, the ID tag and the microchip are the only things to be relied on.
- Carry plenty of water for your dog and yourself. Hikes can be tiring and dogs may lose track of thirstiness while enjoying the trail. So, make him drink water at frequent intervals to avoid strokes. Never let your dog drink water from natural water bodies. Recall him whenever you feel that he may try to drink from the lake, pond or river. These natural resources of water may have bacteria and parasites that could harm the pooch.
- The sharp, sturdy rocks may hurt your dog’s paws. If he is comfortable, or used to it, then consider covering his paws with thin foot gear. Thin boots will protect his paws from cuts and bruises which are somewhat obvious to get during the hike.
- Plant based toxins are as harmful to pets as they are to humans. Dogs are susceptible to these toxins and can transfer the oily substance from plants like poison ivy or poison oak to you, through their fur. Make sure that you know about the toxic plants of the trail you are going. Watch out for hunting animals too. Trust your dog’s whiffing sense and retreat if he signals danger by barking.
- Carry a first aid kit without fail! The wilderness of any hiking spot may bring surprises to you. Thus, even if you stay updated regarding that trail, you may find some things that would surprise you and may even be harmful. Moreover, cuts and bruises go hand in hand with hiking, thus it is recommended to keep a first aid kit with you.
- Although you may have taken absolute precautions with vaccines and treatments of your pooch, it is recommended to check for fleas, ticks, bites, scratches and wounds after you return from the adventure. It is advised to take the pet to a vet after a week to get him checked for infections.
To conclude, hiking with dogs may not be as easy as it seems. It brings loads of responsibilities for the pet parent. Though, all of it may seem worth it. Isn’t it? Fall is about to begin and you may have such plans in mind for your furry friend. Take care of the above mentioned tips to have a safe hike!