by: Katrina Warner
Camping/ Hiking with your Dog in Peoria.
Fall is such a beautiful time to take your dog camping and hiking on Peoria trails. I know my Australian Shepherd, Roper loves to go camping with the family and romping through the woods. I worry though that he may come into contact with something that may make him ill. Ticks are a big factor to consider when your dog is playing in tall grass or walking on a trail through the woods. Lyme disease can be found in every state in the U.S. and your dog can be exposed to Lyme disease in almost any outdoor activity where Deer Ticks and Brown Dog Ticks can be found. While your veterinarian can test your dog for Lyme disease with a simple blood test, prevention is always best. If you plan to take your dog where he/she maybe exposed to ticks contact your veterinarian at least 1 month prior to him/her being exposed to get started on a preventative and vaccines, if they are not already on one.
Leptospirosis is another disease that dogs can be exposed to while in the woods. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is found in wildlife and livestock and is passed via the urine into water sources. Leptospirosis can be prevented by having a yearly vaccination to prevent against it. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
I also recommend making a small first aid kit for your dog to take along on your trip. Here are my Top 10 items I suggest having in your First Aid Kit:
1. Gauze Padding and Bandage
2. Adhesive tape
3. Ice Pack (I recommend something that can be activated as needed)
4. Disposable Gloves
5. Rectal Thermometer/ Petroleum Jelly
6. Blunt Ended Scissors
8. Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting; discuss with your veterinarian prior to giving for proper dosage)
9. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) (Discuss with your veterinarian prior to giving for proper dosage)
10. Any medication dog is currently on, with proper instructions from veterinarian
Don’t forget to pack:
- Phone number(s) of your veterinarian(s) and Animal Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435)
- Rabies tags, Vaccine Certificate(s) or paperwork from veterinarian with dog’s vaccine and health history.
- Dishes, food and water from home
- Collar and leash (I recommend have a spare in case you loss or break the original)
- Bedding and/or Pet carrier/crate and favorite toys
- Muzzle, if your dog is cautious around strangers/ other animals; to avoid biting.
NOTE: ALWAYS contact Peoria Area Veterinary Group prior to any outdoor activities that your dog maybe a part of to be sure he/she is up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives.