4 Meds That Wipe Out Dog Arthritis Pain

sad-old-dog-1193776-m“Honey! Something is wrong with Fido! He can’t get up.”

“Ooh! Well, his arthritis is probably acting up. No big deal. No need to worry.”

What? We must get him some help! “Poor Fido!” He is not doing well.

A few facts about dog arthritis:

  1. Arthritis is #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs
  2. Arthritis affects 20% of dogs over 1 year of age
  3. Arthritis affects both quality and length of life
  4. At least 31% of dog owners say bone and joint problems are an issue for their pet
  5. Arthritis is n the “Top 10” veterinary diagnoses for dogs over 7 years old

Arthritis pain not only affects people, but it also takes an unbelievable often unrecognized toll on our beloved furry friends as well.

“Arthritis is the #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs.”
-Clinician’s Brief April 2005

Consider  Fido, an 11 year old Bulldog I recently examined. Just last year, Fido would “romp, play and jump just like a puppy.” Now, Fido “limps, lays around and acts like an old man.

Fido’s life has changed! Not for the better, but worse!

Just because Fido doesn’t complain about his situation doesn’t mean he feels no pain. Remember, dogs can’t talk!

But, dogs can tell you a lot about how they feel through the way they act.

Some signs of arthritis pain in dogs include:

  • Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or play
  • Difficulty in rising from rest
  • Lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Yelping or whimpering
  • Personality changes, withdrawal
  • Soreness when touched
  • Lagging behind on walks
  • Decreased mobility
  • Aggressive behavior

If your dog is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, a trip to your veterinarian might be a good idea. Your vet can manually manipulate your dog’s joints to determine the severity of his situation.

Fortunately, there are some very effective medications available to make your dog feel better.

4 Meds That Wipe Out Dog Arthritis Pain

The following four medications wipe out arthritis pain and make Fido feel more like the romping, playful, jumping pup he used to be.

Arthritis Medication #1: Previcox

Previcox (firocoxib) is a non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Previcox is available in a once-daily dosage that provides relief for 24 hours.

Previcox should not be given to dogs with a firocoxib sensitivity and cannot be accurately dosed in dogs under seven pounds. Previcox should not be given to dogs that are dehydrated, on diuretic therapy, or with existing renal, cardiovascular, and or hepatic dysfunction. Adverse reactions include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, anorexia, pain, lethargy, somnolence, and hyperactivity.

Arthritis Medication #2: Rimadyl

Rimadyl (carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis in dogs. It is also used to control post-surgery pain in dogs. It is given for arthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and joint deterioration.

Novox should not be given to dogs with a carprofen sensitivity. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, increased urination, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.

Arthritis Medication #3 Novox

Novox (carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis in dogs. It is also used to control post-surgery pain in dogs. It is given for arthritis, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and joint deterioration.

Novox should not be given to dogs with a carprofen sensitivity. Adverse reactions may include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, increased urination, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.

Arthritis Medication #4 Deramaxx

Deramaxx (deracoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the coxib class that received FDA approval in August 2002 for dogs weighing four pounds or more. This product eases the discomfort and pain associated with arthritis and joint disease. Deramaxx will improve your dog’s quality of life and help him maintain his regular activity level.

Dermaxx should be avoided or administered with extreme caution in dogs with gastrointestinal ulcers, hepatic disorders, dehydration, renal disease, or cardiac disease. It should not be given to dogs with a deracoxib sensitivity.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Arthritis


Ophiopogon Formula Treats Cushing’s Disease in Dogs, Cats and Horses

Ophiopogon Formula Treats Cushing's Disease in Dogs, Cats and HorsesOphiopogon Formula is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) herbal blend that treats Cushing’s Disease in dogs, cats, and horses.

The Western medical indications for this herbal blend are Cushing’s disease, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS), insulin resistance, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism.

The Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine indications are dry skin with hot ears and feet, excessive panting with spontaneous outbursts at night, polydipsia, polyuria, Yin deficiency, a pulse that is thready and fast, and a tongue that is red and dry.

At our clinic, pets often receive an Eastern exam (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in combination with the standard veterinary exam. Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy is very different than our standard Western medical philosophy. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on balance and finding the cause of the problem rather than simply masking symptoms with prescription medicines. Through Eastern examination techniques, we can choose herbal blends that will both treat symptoms and at the same time correct the imbalances in your pet’s body that are causing the symptoms. This herb is only one of the many TCM herbal blends available for our doctors to choose from based on the results of the Eastern exam.

Ophiopogon Formula is an herbal blend specially formulated with herbs specifically chosen to work synergistically to relieve symptoms of Cushing’s Disease while at the same time addressing the underlying causes of these symptoms. The Chinese principles of treatment for this herbal blend are to nourish Yin, clear Heat, and promote body fluids.

This formula is crafted from Mai Men Dong San.

The main ingredients in Ophiopogon Formula are:

  • Bei Sha Shen (Glehnia) to nourish Yin
  • Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum) to clear heat
  • Ge Gen (Pueraria) to promote body fluids
  • Huang Qin (Scutellaria) to clear heat
  • Lu Gen (Phragmites) to clear heat and promote body fluids
  • Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon) to nourish Yin
  • Shan Zha (Crataegus) to resolve food stasis
  • Shen Qu (Massa) to resolve food stasis
  • Tian Hua Fen (Trichosanthes) to clear heat and promote body fluids
  • Wu Mei (Mume) to astringently consolidate
  • Yu Li Ren (Prunus) to move blood
  • Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena) to nourish yin and clear heat

Our clients have seen wonderful improvements in the health conditions of their pets using herbal blends to take care of a variety of health issues. Please contact our clinic at any time if you have questions about herbal remedies!

Source: Dr. Xie’s Jing Tang Herbal

See The Dog Owner’s Guide to Cushing’s Disease

Take Your Dog Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding: Tips for A Fun and Safe Paddling Trip with Your Dog

Take Your Dog Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up PaddleboardingYes, You Can Take Your Dog Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding!

Planning a safe and fun day with your dog canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

Recreational paddling – that is kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP) – is exploding in population across the country. Of course pet owners may be wondering, “Can I take my dog paddling?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”  With these tips, you can take your dog kayaking, take your dog canoeing and take your dog SUPing.

First Thing to Consider: Dog Temperament

Okay, so we’re exciting that most dogs can jump in our boat or on our board and head off with us into the lake, but take a moment to really think about your dog…

Does your dog like water? Can they swim? If you don’t know, find out first. Take your dog to the lake, river or ocean. Observe how they act around water. If they love it and jump right in, great! If they are not so sure, can you gently coax them into the water? If you can, great! If not, maybe your dog is just not that into the water. If your dog shows fear near water or just doesn’t want anything to do with it, you’re better off leaving them at home when you go paddling.

If you are determined however to go kayaking, canoeing or SUPing with your dog, be prepared to spend weeks or even months getting your dog used to water. Never force your dog into your boat or into the water. If they are uncomfortable, leave them at home and find another activity that you can BOTH enjoy.

Another Thing to Consider: Training

How well does your dog listen to you? If you are confident that your dog will obey the basic commands: sit, stay, come, etc. Then you’ve got the green light to continue. If your dog struggles with these, then consider more training before hitting the water with them. When out on the water, you may encounter any number of distractions and unforeseen occurrences – you need to be able to control your dog verbally.

The Boat, The Board

How big is your boat or board? Is there room enough for your and your dog to sit comfortably in your kayak or canoe? What about a SUP board – can your dog sit or stand comfortably either in front or behind you? Remember that you’ll probably be out on the water for a while. You’ll both need some room to shift around and your dog might need some extra room to stand up now and then. Canoes are generally pretty roomy. Kayaks are smaller and sit-on-top style kayaks tend to be better for carrying dogs than cockpit styles.

What about weight? Most kayaks and canoes can handle a few hundred pounds, boards maybe a couple of hundred. Make sure your combined weight doesn’t exceed your craft’s specs.

Once you have your boat or board, spend some time getting your dog familiar with it. Introduce your dog to your craft in a safe place – like the backyard, or your living room. Bring out the boat and sit in it. Invite your dog to join you. Use treats if that’s what it takes.. Boards will probably be easier for dogs to adjust to – either way, be patient. Leave your boat or board out so your dog can investigate it on their own too.

Water Safety Equipment for Dogs

One more important item to have for you dog is a PFD (personal floatation device) or lifejacket. There are dog specific PFDs available at most pet stores and outdoor outfitters. You’ll size a PFD for your dog the same way you size a harness. Measure your dog’s girth just behind their front legs.

Practice with your dog’s PFD by having them wear it at home first. They may not appreciate it at first, but don’t give up. A PFD is key to your dog’s safety on the water. Yes, dog’s can swim – so can most of us. But if you’ve ever had to tread water for a period of time, you know how tiring it can be. It is the same for your dog. If they jump out of the boat or if you happen to capsize, your dog may be in the water for an unknown amount of time. A PFD will help keep them safe.

Most dog PFDs also come with a hand on the back. This will help you get your dog back in the boat or on the board.

Other Items to Bring Kayaking, Canoeing and SUPing with Your Dog:

  • Plenty of drinking water and collapsible water bowl
    • *Try not to let your dog drink out of the lake, river or ocean. Open water contains pollution as well as parasites that can make your dog ill. Salty ocean water will quickly dehydrate your dog and make them sick.
  • Treats
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen – make sure this is “pet friendly” sunscreen and does NOT contain zinc oxide
  • Towels – not only to dry them off. Towels can also be used to create some shade for your dog should you find yourself far from shore with the sun beating down

On The Water

Next step is to head out to the lake, river or ocean with your boat, board and your dog of course! Don’t forget a short lease to control your dog while on the shore. When you’re in the boat, remove the lease. If you leave the leash on, and your dog ends up in the water it can become entangled in their legs or debris under the water and make it impossible for them to swim. Again, if you cannot control your dog verbally, don’t take them on the water. NEVER tie your dog into the boat in any way.

Start small, shallow and still. Dogs are great flatwater floaters. If you run into problems on the water, like your dog just won’t sit down or sit still, let them jump into the water and swim around a bit. Shallow flat water is a great training ground. This is a good time to practice getting your dog back into the boat or back onto the board.

Stay away from the shore. That may sound counterintuitive, but the shore presents lots of distractions. You don’t want your dog to jump out of the boat and head for the shore to chase a wild animal or disrupt a picnic. Try to paddle away from distractions like other boats or paddlers. Definitely keep your distance from anyone that is fishing. Fishing lines and hooks are a danger for dogs and for you!

Keep it short. Especially at first or on really hot days, plan for short outings. Many dogs just can’t sit still or just won’t stay in the boat for extended outings until they get used to it. Extreme heat and sun is a big danger for dogs even if some shade is available. Again, as long as it is a safe area, it is OK to let your dog get in the water and swim around. Be sure you’ve practiced getting them back on board safely.

Observe your dog. While you’re paddling around think about how its going. Is your dog having fun? Are YOU having fun? If one of you is not having fun for any reason, maybe paddling with your dog is just not for you. On the other hand, you may have just discovered a phenomenal new way to enjoy time with your pup!

Have fun out there!

Articles cited:

Take Your Dog Kayaking on borntopaddle.com

Kayaking With Your Dog on topkayaker.net

Backpacking With Your Dog

Backpacking With Your DogBackpacking With Your Dog – What To Know About Taking Your Dog Backpacking 

If you already think backpacking is a great way to spend a few days, taking your dog backpacking only adds to the enjoyment. You end up experiencing nature and the wild in a whole different way when you go backpacking with your dog. Here are some things to think about when planning your trip with your best companion.

Pre-Trip Check

A few of the first things to think about have to do with simple responsible dog-ownership. These are things you have probably already done, but if you have not, then you really should:

  1. Spaying and/or neutering – reduces the urge to roam
  2. Microchipping – makes reuniting you and your dog faster, easier and simply possible should you become separated
  3. Basic training – good recall in a dog can save you trouble and heartache when you’re out in the wild where you may need to have verbal control over your dog
  4. Vaccinations – are they up-to-date? If you’re not sure, call your vet and check. Vaccinations help keep your dog safe
  5. Physical shape – is your dog in a good physical condition for several days of long or strenuous hiking?

A Word on Physical Conditioning

Most dogs seem to have endless amounts of energy – they go and go and go! And frankly, they were made to do just that – travel miles and miles in a day to find food, shelter, companionship. But that is dog in its purest form. Some of our dogs these days don’t get even close to the amount of daily exercise they should. So consider your dog’s physical shape before you decide if you should take your dog backpacking.

If you really want to include your dog in your trip, spend some time getting them into shape. Start with daily walks for about an hour and build slowly over weeks from there. Make sure you always have water and snacks for them on these training outings. Try to include a variety of terrains so your dog gets comfortable walking on dirt, mud, rocks, etc. This will toughen his paw pads as well as give him a good workout. Never push your dog to go further or faster than is comfortable for him.

Water Crossings and Your Dog

When backpacking we are often faced with the need to cross a creek, stream or river. Water level can vary from season to season. As backpackers we already hopefully know how to get ourselves safely across water. But what about our dogs? 

How does your dog feel about water? Is he ok with it, loves it, or is he wary or even frightened of it? These are things you want to know well before your trip, not when you’re 15 miles from the trailhead standing on the banks of a rushing stream! Find a place near home where you can test the waters – so to speak – with your dog. See how they react. Cross the water several times. Never practice crossing a dangerously rushing river – in fact, if you encounter this on your trip, consider your options before crossing any dangerous water.


Ok, you and your dog are in great shape and you’re ready to plan your backpacking trip and get out there! Here are some tips on what to pack for your dog and how to carry it.

The best idea for most backpackers is to keep it light. Only take what you need. The same holds true for your dog – although in many ways, dogs are like kids and you want to be sure they have everything they need to be happy and healthy on the trail.

Some things to remember to take with you when backpacking with your dog include:

  • Food – a good rule of thumb is that your dog will eat about double on the trail what he eats at home. You could check with your vet to get some input on the right calorie consumption for your dog based on the activity levels you’ll achieve on your trip.
    • Remember to bring snacks and treats too. These will help your dog maintain energy on the trail in between meals. They may also come in handy should you need to reward or entice your dog to listen to you during the trip.
    • Safely store your dog’s food and treats up and away from animals and vermin just as you would your own while on the trail. Don’t feed your dog near your tent and don’t bring dog treats into your tent. 
  • Water – one of the heaviest items you’ll carry, so check to see what sources of water are available along your route. If there is plenty of water available from rivers, lakes, streams, then you won’t have to pack in as much. Realistically when you’re choosing a trail to pack, especially when you’re taking a dog along, you should choose one with good water sources and avoid dry trails or unknown conditions. 
    • Contrary to what you may think, you do need to filter and/or treat your dog’s water just like you do your own. Dogs can get  just as sick as we can from water contaminated with microorganisms, bacteria and viruses. You will filter your water, so make sure you filter theirs. Gravity filters are excellent for filtering a lot of water fast and with minimal effort. 
  • Collapsible food and water bowls – highly packable, lightweight and there when you need them.
  • First Aid Kit – you can make up a specific kit for your dog or just ensure that your kit has enough supplies for the both of you and whatever extra supplies you need for your dog. Don’t forget the tick remover and the antihistamine!
  • Paw-health is a key factor on the trail as well. Check your pet’s paws frequently to see that they are not cut or cracked. Bring along some paw cream just in case and a towel that you can wet down each night to wipe off dirt and mud from the day’s hike.
    • Dog boots may be a good idea too, depending on the terrain and weather you will likely encounter. Not every dog’s favorite accessory, if you think boots are appropriate for the trip, practice having your dog wear them well in advance.
  • Collar with ID – even if your dog is chipped a collar and ID tag are a must. Be sure the ID tag has current information including your cell phone number and the number of someone back home.
  • Insect repellant – whatever type of insect repellent you use for your dog, be sure you’ve applied it for this trip. Consider bringing an all-natural spray on for your dog as well for spot treatments on the trail.
  • Poop bags and trowel – again, just like your waste, you need to properly dispose of your dog’s waste on the trail. Either carry it out in poop bags or use your trowel to bury it.
  • Brush – trail grooming will help keep dirt and bugs out of your tent and off your dog. It will also help your pup stay more comfortable on the trail.
  • Proof of vaccinations – just in case. Some parks may require this before letting you set off with your dog in to the wild.
  • Sleeping bag/pad – the best place for your dog to sleep at night is in your tent with you. This will keep him safe from wandering off or from encountering wild animals. In the tent, have a spot for him with a familiar blanket or dog bed. Sounds heavy and cumbersome, but there are dog beds out there that are lightweight and very packable.
  • Warm coat or cool coat – depending on the weather a coat of some kind may be necessary. Carrying one just in case is a good idea. Cool coats are ones that you soak in water and then put on your dog. These help to keep your dog cool throughout the day.

Dog Packs – Can’t My Dog Carry His Own Stuff?

In a word, yes, your dog can carry his own gear. This requires a dog pack. There are several “pros” to having your dog wear a pack. The first is that it will make your pack a bit lighter. A pack also acts as a harness. On the trail harnesses are probably better than collars and more comfortable for your dog if he is on leash. Some dog packs include hydration bladders which is an easier way to carry water.

Watch the weight of your dog’s pack however. You don’t want to overburden him. Younger healthy dogs can carry about 25% of their own body weight. That’s a good place to start. Some dogs will be able to carry more, some much less. Either way, practice and test this out before going on your backpacking trip.

Make sure your dog is properly fitted for his pack. You’ll want to measure his girth, just behind his front legs with a tape measure. Most packs will come in a variety of sizes and be somewhat adjustable. Packs vary in size, style and capacity.

Contingency and Emergency Plan

What will you do if your dog gets hurt or sick on the trail? We don’t like to think about such things, but we need to. Could you carry out your dog if you needed to? Will you have cell phone coverage so you can call for help? If not, what will you do? Think about it. The answer is going to be different for everyone reading this article.

Remember to check in with a ranger if your are in a park or state or national wildlife area. Let them know your trip plan and that you have a dog with you. If you’re late returning because of injury to your dog or to yourself, they will know where to look for you.

Don’t put yourself or your dog in a dangerous situation. If something happens or you encounter a problem on the trail, turn back or get off the trail and to safety as quickly and safely as you can. 

Trail Etiquette

As always, be sure that having your dog along on your backpacking trip doesn’t negatively affect anyone else on the trail or the trail itself. Pick up after your dog and pack it out or bury it. Maintain control of your dog. If leashes are required, then keep your dog leashed. Don’t let your dog chase or disturb wildlife. If dogs are not allowed on certain trails, stay off them and pick another trail.

Backpacking with your dog can be a lot of fun – for you and for your dog. Remember to plan your trip well and follow all the safety precautions for your dog that you would for yourself. Have fun out there.

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Take Your Dog Camping: The Basics of Camping with Dogs

Take Your Dog Camping: The Basics of Camping with DogsAdvanced preparation ensures a tail-wagging good time when you take your dog camping.

Camping is a fun family activity and can be even more rewarding if you include the family dog. Most dogs love being outside and just like you and me, a nature getaway can be just what they need to stave off boredom and relieve stress. But before you set out for the woods, take some of these tips for success when you take your dog camping.

Where Are You Going?

Choose the right camping spot for the activities you want to do and the experiences you want to have, but that are also dog-friendly. Don’t forget to call ahead and make sure dogs are welcome at the campground, park or wilderness area you’re thinking of visiting. More and more areas welcome well-behaved, controlled pets, but don’t take it for granted. Find out what all the rules are for your pup, such as:

  • Are dogs allowed?
  • Are there any areas or trails where dogs are prohibited?
  • Is there a limit on the number of dogs allowed at a site?
  • Are leashes required?
  • Do the campsites have water readily available?
  • What other rules should I know about?

Before You Leave Home

First you’ll want to have your dog checked over by your vet to make sure she is in good physical health and that all of her shots are up-to-date. Take copies of your dogs health and vaccination records with you on the trip. If you’re traveling out of the United States with your dog, you’ll need documentation of all vaccinations. Apply flea and tick repellant a few days before the trip and check that she is current with her heartworm medication

If your dog is basically sedentary or doesn’t get out much, you may want to get her in shape by taking her on some hikes. This will also help her get used to being outside and surrounded by nature.

Make sure your dog has an I.D. tag with your current information in case she gets away from you. It is best to have whichever cell phone you’ll have with you on the trip printed on the tag. Think about getting your dog microchipped and be sure to register the chip. Even with a chip, an I.D. tag is a must.

Packing Dog Stuff for Your Camping Trip

Dogs can be a lot like kids when you’re camping. Nature is fun and exciting, but down-time around the campsite can be boring to dogs with a lot of energy. Bring some of their chew toys, balls, a frisbee, etc. You need to think about what will make your dogs happy campers too!

If the site you are heading to does not have drinking water readily available be sure to bring plenty from home. Dogs should eat the same food at camp that they eat at home. Bring enough food and snacks to last the whole trip plus an extra day – just in case.

Don’t forget your dog first aid kit. This kit should include all the normal items: bandages, antiseptic, etc., plus a tick remover, tweezers, and sunscreen. When choosing sunscreen for your dog, pick one that is appropriate for children as it will be milder and safe for your pet. Never use sunscreen with zinc oxide – this is poisonous to dogs. You’ll apply the sunscreen to any exposed skin, like bellies and noses.

Bring a brush too. If your dog gets dirty or muddy, let it dry completely then simply brush it off. Don’t forget the poop bags! Always clean up after your dog at camp and properly dispose of the waste.

Where Will Your Dog Sleep?

If you are tent camping, you’ll most likely want your dog in the tent with you. Make sure you have a tent that is big enough to accommodate people and dogs comfortably. Leaving your dog outside the tent at night is not a good idea. This leaves her vulnerable to wild animals as well as the elements. She may also run off in the night after wildlife or if she gets spooked.

The safest place for your dog to sleep is in the tent with you. Bring their bedding or a blanket that is just theirs. Some dogs may want to crawl into your sleeping bag with you – so be prepared for that by bringing an oversize sleeping bag if possible.

Practice being in a tent ahead of time. Set up your tent in the yard and let your dog get used to it. Sleep in it out there one night and see how your dog reacts – does she sit up all night nervous, try to get into your sleeping bag, bark or whine, etc. This will tell you a lot about what to expect when you take your dog camping.

Take Your Dog Camping: The Basics of Camping with DogsAt Camp

When you get to camp, check in with the park ranger or camp manager. Let them know you have your dog or dogs with you. You could also inquire about local veterinary services or the closest vet hospital.

Pick a shady site. Keep an eye on your dog while you set up camp. They will most likely be very excited as soon as they get out of the car and want to run around and smell everything. Taking them for a walk around the campground first thing may help to calm them down a bit and get them used to these new surroundings.

Visit your campsite neighbors, and let them know that you have dogs with you. Be a good camp neighbor by keeping your dog under control and out of other campsites. Keeping your dogs occupied at your site will help stop them from wanting to wander.

Never leave your dogs unattended at your campsite. Don’t lock them in your car or tie them to a tree. At camp, where you go, your dogs go. Take them with you. If you don’t think you can do that or want to engage in activities at camp that you cannot take your dog to, then don’t take your dog to camp.

Other Considerations

Before you decide to take your dog camping, think about the following:

  • Physical limitations – state of your dog’s health, age, temperament, ailments.
  • Weather – how does your dog do in the heat? How will you keep your dog cool? How about the cold? How will you keep your dog warm?
  • Backpacking – if you’re packing in with your dog, can you carry all of your supplies and theirs? Can they carry packs – don’t assume they will! What will you do if your dog gets hurt in the backcountry? Have a plan and be prepared for the unexpected.

Camping with dogs is a lot of fun, and another great way to strengthen the bond you have with them. Remember that preparation will help ensure a safe and happy trip for all of you!

Articles cited:

Tips for Camping with Your Pet by Petfinder

 Adventures with Fido: How to Camp With Your Dog by Art of Manliness

Tips for Tent Camping with Your Dog by  All Things Dog Blog


Research and writing by Joyce Dierschke