There are so many amazing hiking trails to visit in Southern California, and with temperatures warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your four-legged friend. However, before you head outside, the team at Paws of Pleasanton Animal Hospital would like to remind you of a few hiking safety tips to help keep your pup safe.
#1: Stock up on parasite prevention for your pet
Spring is prime time for many parasites as they emerge from their winter hibernation, and they’ll be in hot pursuit of their first warm meal. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites are all lying in wait to infect your pet with a multitude of preventable illnesses. Before heading to the woods or hiking trails, ensure your pet is protected with full-spectrum parasite prevention.
#2: Carry a pet first aid kit
Your pet may run afoul of briars or sharp rocks when the two of you are out hiking, or they may stick their snout into an anthill or other stinging insect’s lair. Prepare for any emergency by bringing along a pet first aid kit. Ensure it’s well-stocked with bandage supplies, antihistamines, saline rinse, and other wound-care supplies. Also, pack plenty of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your pet.
#3: Be aware of local wildlife threats in your area
Local wildlife will also appear with warmer weather. Although food is more plentiful in the summer for predators like bears, coyotes, and big cats, they may be protecting their young or their territory. Learn the common wildlife threats and the best ways to avoid them to keep you and your pet safe.
Remember that many infectious diseases are carried by wildlife and can harm your pet while exploring the outdoors if they aren’t on any parasite preventative plans. Our team can also work with you to ensure you keep your furry pal current on vaccinations, like rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis. Now that you’re aware of some hiking safety tips, give us a call to schedule an appointment before hitting the trails!