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Adventures With Fido

Summer is just around the corner! Are you already planning fun summertime activities, such as camping or hiking? Fido can be a great camping or hiking buddy, but you will want to take some basic precautions to keep him safe and sound. In this article, a Northwest Denver area, CO vet offers advice on taking your dog out and about.

Training

Make sure your pup knows and obeys basic commands. Teaching your pet to Roll Over or Play Dead can be very cute, but it’s more important for Fido to obey simple orders like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This can help keep him from approaching dangerous areas or wild animals, or from running off.

Veterinary Care

Before heading off on a fun adventure with your canine companion, make sure he is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control products. Fido should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags.

Leash

We recommend keeping Fido leashed at all times. Retractable leashes can be very handy, but they can also be dangerous in certain situations, as the mechanism can break. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Water

Keeping Fido hydrated is very important. Collapsible plastic doggy dishes are great for camping and hiking. They are very lightweight, and fold up to fit into a pocket or wallet. Also, try not to let your pooch drink from ponds, lakes, or streams, as the water may not be safe. Boil your pup’s water, or bring some along.

Dangers

Man’s Best Friend loves to explore. Unfortunately, Fido’s sense of adventure can get him into trouble, especially if he starts nosing around a riverbank, or the den of a wild animal. Keep your pooch away from potential hazards. Trash is another concern: always dispose of trash carefully, so your pet can’t dig it up.

Pup Check

Get into the habit of thoroughly checking your dog every night. You can easily incorporate this into cuddle time. You’ll want to look for signs of injuries or cuts. Look at Fido’s furry feet, and watch for cuts or blisters. Also, check for foxtail grass seed awls, which can burrow beneath pets’ skin. Keep an eye out for ticks as well. Don’t forget to give your canine pal a yummy treat afterwards!

Please contact us, your Northwest Denver area, CO animal clinic, for all dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

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