Canine Camping Checklist

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IDENTIFICATION  Temporary IDs can be purchased from pet stores, farm stores and online retailers.  Include your cell phone number, camp site number, and campground address.  You can also consider micro-chipping your pet if you haven’t already.  Make sure you have a current photo of your dog on your cell phone.

  • Food and water bowls with extra food
  • Collapsible food and water bowls for hikes
  • Air-tight, critter proof food storage container  Keep it stored in your vehicles along with any treats!
  • Enough food and medication for the duration of the trip plus extra
  • Medical/Vaccination records
  • List of emergency contacts kept in a waterproof container
  • Horse & Dog Spray!  Keep your dog on a regular flea, tick, and heart worm preventative routine but when the mosquitoes and biting flies start to irritate your dog, use horse spray! Make sure the label states for use on dogs and puppies (over 12 weeks of age).  I use Absorbine® Ultra Shield EX.  It kills and repels more than 70 species and has multiple sunscreens and conditioners.
  • 10 to15 foot cable rated for the weight of dog that is free of defects
  • Corkscrew stake or anchor stake
  • Six-foot leash
  • Hiking harness
  • Life Jacket
  • LED clip-on dog light
  • Carabiners – I like to keep one at the end of each dog’s leash for quick tie-up
  • Durable and easy to clean dog bed
  • Crate if your dog is crate trained
  • Waste baggies for poop
  • Grooming supplies
  • Grooming scissors
  • Jacket or sweater for short haired dogs on chilly nights
  • Familiar comfort items from home such as a blanket or stuffed animal
  • Bandannas  If you have a very common breed like a yellow lab or golden retriever, tying a bandanna around their neck can help you quickly give others an identifying mark.  There may be half a dozen Labradors but only one wearing a purple tie-died bandanna and a pink studded collar.
  • Collapsible drinking dish for hikes
  • Treats and toys to keep busy and distracted
  • Dog Towels
  • Exercise pen/playpen
  • Bear Bell for hiking in bear country

The Canine Emergency Preparedness First Aid Kit:

  • A list of important phone numbers including your dog’s veterinarian, local veterinarians, the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic, and nearby boarding facilities and animal shelters
  • Assorted sizes of absorbent compresses (also called gauze pads)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Consult your veterinarian first
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol®) Consult your veterinarian first
  • Blunt-ended scissors
  • DOG FIRST AID BOOK! DOG FIRST AID: Be Red Cross Ready, Safety Series Vol. 2 by The American Red Cross
  • Grooming scissors/clippers
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Muzzle
  • Nail clippers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Nylon slip lead (at least one if not a bunch)
  • Syringe
  • Eye wash
  • Styptic powder
  • Towel
  • Tweezers
  • Wire cutters if you take your dog fishing for fish hook emergencies.

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