Hiking With Your Canine Companion

Hiking with your dog is a blast, and a great bonding experience to boot. Use these tips from a Wake Forest, NC veterinarian to keep Fido safe and sound on your next wilderness adventure.

Vaccination and Pest Control

Before leaving home, make sure your dog is up-to-date on all essential vaccinations; talk to your veterinarian if your dog hasn’t had these shots yet. It’s also important that your dog is wearing proper pest control medications to ward off fleas, ticks, and worms. Again, your veterinarian can supply these if your dog needs them.


While we certainly hope your dog doesn’t get lost, it’s always best to be prepared. Make sure your pet is identified with a microchip, ID tags on the collar, or both.

Recall Command

Does your dog know a good recall command like “come” or “back?” These are important should your dog dart away or tug the leash out of your hands. You just never know when your pooch—even if he or she is well-trained—may be startled or run off. Ask your veterinarian about the best way to start training your dog.

Call your Vet Wake Forest, NC for all of your pet-care needs.