Some Weekend Safety Tips For Your Furry Friend

Do you have exciting plans for this long weekend with your furry friends? Whether you are hiking, camping or chalet, we have some useful tips to keep you and your pets safe.

Hiking

Whether it’s a small local trail or a provincial park or a national park, there are plenty of ways to hike with your four-legged friend – just make sure they’re pet-friendly before you go!

Hiking is a good way out in nature. Walking is not only a pleasant activity and a good exercise for you, but also has many benefits for your dog’s health. According to VCA Canada, Canada’s largest network of veterinary clinics, walking your dog can improve its weight and body composition, joint health, digestive and urinary health. It can also improve your dog’s mental and emotional health!

Remember to keep your dog on a leash along the way. This way you can learn how he/she will react to the wildlife and other hikers along the way. You should also regularly check for fleas and ticks and bring water with you so that your four-legged friend can rest and moisturize regularly.

Did you know that animals can also be burned by the sun? Be sure to bring a pet-friendly sunscreen and apply it especially around the nose and other less hairy areas.

Ontario has five national parks to explore! Make sure you’re up to date on the government’s recent times guidelines and public health rules and restrictions before planning your visit.

Camp

Similar to hiking, camping is a fun and active way to connect with your furry family members in the great outdoors. However, there are some safety measures to consider before you go.

If your dog likes to bark, it might be a good idea to sit this one! Campsites do not allow excessive noise that could disturb others.

Keep your dog on a leash at all times – this will prevent avoidable accidents.

Always collect and dispose of your dog’s trash. Some parks offer free dog waste bags, but bring yours just in the matter!

Dogs can attract wildlife, so keep an eye out! Also, make sure your dog is not stalking or troubling wildlife.
Insects can be annoying little things for you and your dog! Consult your veterinarian to find out how to protect them. Learn more about fleas and ticks here.

Please note that not all campsites allow dogs, so check the regulations before embarking on your adventure! For more tips on the national parks, as well as information on campsites.

Chalet Excursion

Who does not like a relaxing weekend at the cottage? Although the house is the perfect place to relax and unwind, here are a few things to consider:

Your dog may have a good memory at home, but the cabin can provide exciting new distractions. Remember to keep your dog on a leash as a precaution.

Find a life jacket that fits your dog for boat trips, even if your dog is an excellent swimmer. Strong winds and waves can tire your dog faster if you fall into the sea.
Make sure your dog is up to date on his vaccines, including flea and tick medications.

Some Weekend Safety Tips For Your Furry Friend

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