Does Your Outing with Rover
Include a Hike?

| May 1, 2017


Follow these 5 tips and your hikes will surely be a wonderful experience that you’ll both enjoy together.

Know Your Limits (Yours and Your Dog’s)

Does your current exercise endeavor consist of walking around the block a couple times? Then you may want to rethink that 10 mile hike you’re mapping out. Not only do you need to be able to hike without difficulty, so does your furry companion. Start intensifying your walks by making them longer and include hills if possible so the two of you can build up your stamina. It’s also advisable to take your dog to the vet just to ensure that he will be able to accompany you comfortably when you’re ready to hike. Dogs are people pleasers and they never want to let on that they are injured or in pain, so they will endure it for as long as they can.

Be Prepared

Once you’ve determined to go on that hike, whether it’s a long or a short trip, make sure you have the following items:

Proper ID tags – The tags MUST be legible and specify your dog’s name and your current contact information. It’s also a good idea to have a current photo with you just in case you get separated.

Collar and leash – Bring these just as you would when you’re going for your regular walks.

First Aid Kit – Human first aid kits can come in handy. Throw some tweezers in it for easy tick removal.

Vet’s Phone Number – In the event that something unexpected happens, keep your vet’s phone number with you so you can quickly find out how to best react.

Sunscreen – There is sunscreen made specifically for dogs. Light-colored noses are susceptible to sunburns.

Orange vests – During huntinh season, orange vests for you and your dog will make sure you both stand out.

Appropriate Dress – For summer hikes, keep a cool, moist scarf or bandana that he can wear to help him cool off. For cooler weather, bring him an extra layer of clothes.

Bring Water & Food

Just like you need to fuel up and hydrate for a workout, the same holds true for your canine companion. Bring plenty of water and a dish that he can drink from (there are collapsible bowls for traveling ease) and offer it often along the way. A good rule of thumb is to bring 8 ounces of water for every hour you plan to hike (and don’t forget to bring water for yourself!) It’s best to keep him from drinking the water in streams or other natural sources, as these could contain nasty bacteria that will make him sick. Frozen bottles of water are also great to pack to offer immediate relief .

Food should be given on rest breaks or during bouts of less intense activity to ensure that you don’t upset his tummy or cause bloating.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Plan your hikes on trails that are used often and provide a clear path; now is not the time to forge a new one through the wilderness. In most cases, you’ll likely encounter the usual suspects of the wildlife world, such as squirrels and maybe a deer or two. Keep your eyes open for common canine offenders, including porcupines and skunks.

Familiarize yourself with what poison ivy and other unpleasant plants look like. Although your dog can’t get poison ivy, they can pass it on to you.

Mind Your Manners

The same rules you follow on your routine walks apply to your hikes. Have a carry in, carry out mentality, which includes cleaning up after your dog on the trail. Using a leash will ensure that other hikers, other dogs, as well as the flora and fauna around you will remain undisturbed. If you’re both on a more leisurely hike, let others moving at a faster pace pass you easily.

Hiking with your dog is a wonderful way to spend quality time together and enjoy the outdoors all while getting a great workout. You’re guaranteed to have a fun and safe hike just by taking a bit of extra time to plan and prepare. Happy hiking!

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Your Pet’s Health Matters

Bingle Vet

Did you know that your four-legged friends also suffer from environmental allergies like we do? Chronic allergic dermatitis in pets, called Atopy, causes skin inflammation leading to severe itchiness, which in turn creates more inflammation, which can lead to significant health complications.

The good news is, your pet’s allergies can be treated. Bingle Vet offers comprehensive allergy testing with VARL Laboratories. This simple blood test can help differentiate which environmental triggers (allergens) your pet is allergic to. After testing, we can put together an immunotherapy plan with either injections or oral serum to desensitize your pet to the identified antigens. We also offer our clients a FREE MONOGRAMMED HYPOALLERGENIC BLANKET to all pets undergoing allergy testing in the month of May. Schedule a visit today!

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