Hiking is best done in cooler temperatures. Spring and Fall are best. The Summer months can get hot, so if heading out with your four legged friend, be very careful and make them early mornings or later in the evenings.
Start planning your adventures. Hiking and road trips are great fun, as long as you plan it right
Always prepare for your pet as you would for yourself.
Check ahead of time for pet friendly hotels along the way……
Bringfido.com is one we always use.
Be sure to call the hotel before traveling, as rules can change and you don’t want to be stuck without a place to stay.
Be considerate of others and always clean up after your dog while traveling. This will help keep pet friendly places available to us for future travels.
Do your research, know where clinics are in the area where you will be staying. In case of emergency. OR have the fidomingle app to search for clinics nearest your zip code.
Put together a pup bag to take along with you, whether you are hiking or on the road.
Pack enough water for your trip.
A good leash and harness in case of car trouble
Spray bottle to avoid heat, on sunny days .
I’ve learned from experience, to never depend on AC.
Keep in mind dogs don’t sweat. Take breaks and always provide shade and water.
Watch for stickers n prickles and any other things that might stick in the pads of their paws on the much needed potty breaks, or areas of travel.
Know the plants to stay away from such as
Poison oak, poison ivy, etc.
First Aid kit-
Below is a sample of my pup’s pack that I take along with me on our road trips.
First Aid Bandage/gauze,
Bactine (great anti itch first aid for bug bites or injury)
Hydrogen peroxide (For cleaning wounds)
Benadryl= one tablet 25mg per 25lb of body weight (for bee stings or bug bites)
Emergency Dog Carry Harness in case your dog needs carrying
And Healthy snacks (I take baby carrots and dried chicken snacks)
There are grab and ready dog energy bars available in stores for easy packing.
Pawtivity puts together a list of some of their favorites for the active dog….
Make sure your pet has flea and tick prevention along with mosquito repellant and heartworm prevention for brush areas, or being near water- lakes, streams etc.
Let your veterinarian know the area you may be traveling for any additional precautions.
Remember to ALWAYS make sure before you leave that your pets microchip and or ID tag is up to date with current information.
Have an amazing time with your four legged friend ❤