There are so many hiking trails in the Hopewell Junction area, and now that temperatures are warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your four-legged friend. But before you head out, you want to ensure your pet stays safe while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Our team at A.C.E. Veterinary Hospital has compiled a few tips for you to keep in mind as you venture outdoors so that your pet can have fun while staying safe.

#1: 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.

#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: 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. 

It’s important to remember that many infectious diseases are carried by wildlife and can harm your pet while they’re exploring the outdoors. The best way to keep your pet safe while outdoors is to make sure they are current on their vaccinations. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for your pup to be fully vaccinated and ready to go.