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How to Vacation With Your Pet

        Animals | Pet Travel

Camping with your Pet

You love everything about camping -- the great outdoors, fishing on a lake, the smell of a grill at dinnertime and the warmth of a late night campfire. There's no reason you can't share the experience with your pet. In fact, camping can be one of the most fun and rewarding vacations you'll ever take with your pet. You just need to keep a few things in mind.

Do your homework ahead of time. Find the nearest emergency veterinarian in the area just in case something happens. You should also check the weather. You don't want to bring your pet along if it'll have to endure unusually cold weather or extreme heat. You also need to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all its shots and vaccinations [source: Campfish].

If your pet is used to sleeping in a kennel at night, there's no reason you can't bring it along. It can help provide your furry friend with some familiarity in a new and temporary environment. Chances are that your pet is going to be rolling around in brush or a pile of leaves, so it's also a good idea to make sure that it's received a full dose of flea and tick repellent.

Above all else, consider this: What are you going to do with your animal's waste? Don't be the inconsiderate camper who lets your pet relieve itself and then kicks some dirt or leaves over it. That's sure to turn into an unpleasant experience for another camper. Be prepared. Bring plenty of small plastic bags to pick up waste and a sealed container to dispose of it. This will keep the unpleasant smell from overtaking your campsite [source: Campfish].

Store your animal's food in a sealed container to keep the bugs out. Bugs can soil food, and your pet could get sick. You also need to keep a water source nearby and accessible to your pet at all times. That includes any time you stray from your campsite to hike or enjoy the wilderness.

As for activities that your pet can enjoy while camping, the list is endless. It can come along for almost anything. It's also always a safe bet to bring some toys for Fido to play with when you aren't able to give full attention.