With temperatures heating up, chances are you'll be hitting the hiking trails and going for longer walks this Summer. We sat down with Dr. Jeremy Kimmelstiel, the Regional Medical Director of Bond Vet, to hear his tips for enjoying the outdoors safely!
- Pack plenty of water: Just like humans, dogs need plenty of water to stay hydrated on long hikes. Make sure to pack enough water for both you and your pup, and bring a collapsible bowl for your dog to drink from.
- Use a Leash and sturdy Harness: It's important to keep your pup on a leash while hiking to prevent them from running off or getting into danger. It's also a good idea to bring a sturdy, comfortable harness. Check out our favorite Leash and Harness here!
- Leave no trace: When hiking with your dog, make sure to follow the Leave No Trace principles. This means packing out all of your trash, staying on designated trails, and not disturbing wildlife.
- Check for ticks: Ticks can be a big problem for dogs on hikes, so it's important to check your pup for ticks regularly. Pay special attention to areas like the ears, belly, and armpits. You can also use tick prevention products like approved oral or topical flea preventatives. If you find a tick attached to your pup use tweezers or a “tick-key” to safely remove the tick in whole.
- Bring snacks: Just like humans, dogs can get hungry on long hikes. Bring along some high-protein snacks like jerky or peanut butter treats (like these!) to keep your pup fueled and happy.
- Check the weather: Make sure to check the weather before heading out on a hike with your dog. Avoid hiking during extreme temperatures, and be prepared for rain or other inclement weather.
- Know your dog's limits: Just like people, dogs have different fitness levels and abilities. Be mindful of your dog's limits and don't push them too hard. Take breaks as needed and listen to your dog's cues.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable hiking experience with your furry friend. We'd love to see your Summer adventures, so don't forget to tag us on Instagram @wildone in your hiking photos!