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Hiking With Fido

Are you planning to take your pooch exploring with you soon? Fido can make a great trail buddy. Dogs love checking out new places! Just be sure to keep your pet’s comfort and safety in mind. Read on for some great tips from a Loma Linda, CA vet on hiking with your pup.

Precautions

Make sure that Fido is fixed, microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on his exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Your canine friend should also know and obey basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Hiking Pals

Not all dogs are cut out for vigorous activity. If your furry pal is a senior, puppy, or nursing mama, he may be better off staying home and taking a nap. Small breeds, obese pooches, and brachycephalic dogs are also not-well suited for hiking. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Fitness

Before taking your furry best friend out on the trail, take some time to build up his endurance. When hiking, keep a close eye on your dog, and watch for signs that he is getting too hot or tired. Panting, drooling, staggering, trembling, and falling behind are a few red flags. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately take a water break and let Fido cool off. Then, head for home. If symptoms persist, contact your vet.

Water

Be sure to bring along plenty of water for your four-legged friend. You may want to get collapsible doggy dishes, or a water bottle with a dispenser on it. Don’t let your pet drink from puddles, ponds, or streams: the water could be contaminated.

Packing

Fido will need food, treats, water, a leash and collar, and a pet first-aid kit. Your pooch may be able to carry some of his things in a doggy backpack.

Explorations

When out and about with your dog, keep him leashed at all times. Also, don’t let your canine buddy explore potentially-dangerous areas, such as areas around cliffs or spots that may be housing wild animals.

Paw Care

Hiking can be pretty rough on Fido’s paws, especially in hot weather. Use paw balm or wax to protect your canine pal’s furry feet. We also recommend trimming your dog’s claws before you head out.

Happy Trails! Please contact us, your local Loma Linda, CA pet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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