With temperatures warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your four-legged friend and explore the hiking trails around Newport News. At the same time, you want to ensure your pet stays safe while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Here are three summertime hiking safety tips the team at Woodland Veterinary Hospital wants you to consider when going outside with your furry friend.

#1: Be aware of local wildlife threats in your area

Local wildlife will 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.  

#2: 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.

#3: 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.

Remember, many infectious diseases like rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis are carried by wildlife. They can harm your pet while they’re exploring the outdoors, but they can also easily be prevented by keeping your furry pal current on vaccinations. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to ensure your pet stays protected while outdoors.


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