Exploring with Fido

Summer is coming, and many people are looking forward to enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and visiting new parks and trails. Dogs can make great exploring buddies! After all, Man’s Best Friend loves going to new places. When taking your canine pal on a fun outing, just be sure to always put safety first. In this article, an Essex-Middle River, MD vet offers some tips on exploring with Fido,


All dogs should know basic doggy obedience commands. The most important ones are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important if you plan on taking your canine buddy camping or on unfamiliar trails, as it can help you stop him from approaching dangerous areas or wild animals. The Leave It command is also very useful. You don’t want Fido picking up that chicken bone he finds at the park!

Veterinary Care

Before heading off on a fun adventure with your four-legged pal, make sure Fido is up to date with his vaccinations and parasite control. We recommend keeping copies of your dog’s paperwork with you at all times. You can keep them in your glove box, or, if you have a smartphone, take pictures of them.


Make sure Fido is wearing current ID tags. If your furry friend is ever separated from you and runs off, proper identification could very well save his life! If your canine pal isn’t microchipped yet, we strongly recommend that you get this done as soon as possible. The process is quick and simple, and will only take a few moments.


When you’re out and about, always bring water for your canine friend. Try not to let Fido drink from ponds, streams, or puddles, as the water may not be safe.

Tick Check

Check your pooch for ticks after every outdoor excursion. These nasty little parasites love to hitch rides!


Do you have a first aid kit for Fido? If not, we recommend putting one together for him. Keep it in your car, and take it with you when you go camping. If you’re not sure what to add, get a regular kit, and then add some pet-specific items to it, like a leash and collar.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us! As your Essex-Middle River, MD animal clinic, we are happy to help!