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Outdoor Pet Safety: Packing Essentials [Infographic]

By Stacy Painter
published: August 1, 2019 - updated: May 18, 2021 • 1 min. read
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Warm summer weather means more time spent enjoying outdoor activities. When bringing your dog, it’s a good idea to be prepared in case of an emergency. Whether you’re camping, hiking, planning a picnic or any other adventure outside with your dog, these are the things you should bring.

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Packing list: Outdoor pet safety essentials

Check off this list to keep your dog safe on outdoor summer adventures.

  • Plenty of fresh water and a travel bowl to stay hydrated
  • Pet-friendly sunscreen to prevent sunburn on sensitive areas like the nose and belly
  • Booties to protect paw pads from hot pavement or rough terrain
  • First-aid kit in case of medical emergencies
  • Flea, tick and heartworm preventive medications to protect your pet from bites and further health complications
  • Tick removal tool in case your pet picks up an unwanted traveler during outdoor adventures
  • Benadryl in case of an allergic reaction to something found outdoors. Be sure to write down the proper dosage for your pet’s size.
  • Carrying harness/sling in case your pup should injure a leg and is unable to walk
  • Gentle dish soap to wash off poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Pet life jacket for water activities – though your pet may appear to be a strong swimmer, they can’t tell you when they become exhausted. Safety first!
  • Microchip and visible ID tag in case you and your dog get separated from each other
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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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