Fall is a great time for hiking in our beautiful Northwest wilderness. Many dogs enjoy hiking and backpacking along with their owners… including Dr. Kovar’s own Shane, pictured here. Here are the ASPCA‘s expert tips to ensure your dog’s safety as you explore the great outdoors:
Pack a leash
With so many nooks and crannies to explore on the trail, choose a non-extending leash to avoid potential tangles with branches and brambles.
Check your records
You never know what you might encounter on a hike through the woods. Before you set out on your journey, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.
Bring IDs, please!
Always make sure that your current contact information, including your cell phone number, is attached to your dog’s collar or harness.
Leave no trace
Scoop up after your dog when she goes to the bathroom as you would on a stroll through your neighborhood.
Don’t forget to bring enough water for yourself and your dog. It’s best to avoid letting your dog drink from nature’s water fountains, as puddles, lakes and streams can be home to nasty parasites and toxins that could be harmful to your furry friends.