Hiking with a dog is a terrific, rewarding experience for both the dog and his owner. Whether you are a long-time hiker or new to the activity, adding a dog to the trip brings a new set of challenges and responsibilities to a hike. When pets and pet owners are active in the outdoors, there are possible risks. Pet owners must keep dogs safe and healthy while exploring the outdoors during a hike. What should all pet owners know about pet-friendly hiking?
Schedule a veterinarian physical before hiking with your dog. It is essential before heading out onto a remote hiking trail that your dog be healthy enough for the activity. Take the dog to his veterinarian for a checkup and discuss hiking plans and any pet health concerns. It is also vital that your dog be up to date on all of his vaccines. Some dogs may even require additional vaccines to protect them against parasites or viruses encountered in natural settings, like ponds or streams.