Hiking With Fido

November 17th is Take A Hike Day! If you tell your dog this, you’ll probably just get that adorable head tilt pups do when they are confused. However, if you grab Fido’s leash, you may get that charming puppy happy dance. Fido can make a great hiking buddy! With the weather cooling, this is the perfect time to hit the trail. Here, a Glendale, AZ vet discusses hiking with dogs.


Before you take Fido hiking, make sure he is fixed, microchipped, and wearing ID tags. He should also be current on his parasite control products.

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Hiking isn’t necessarily safe or suitable for every dog. If you have a small dog, your pet may get tired out very quickly. Senior pets, puppies, nursing mamas, and pooches with medical issue will also be more comfortable staying home. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Your furry friend will need food, dishes, a first-aid kit, and water. Consider getting collapsible plastic dishes, which are very lightweight and easy to carry. Stronger dogs may also be able to carry some of their own things in a doggy backpack.


Every dog is different, and they all have different levels of endurance. Make sure not to overexert your canine pal. You may need to build your pup’s endurance up slowly. If Fido is panting or lagging behind, stop and give him a water break, then head for home.

Trail Safety

On the trial, keep Fido from exploring potentially-hazardous areas, such as cliff sides, embankments, and spots that may be housing wild animals. We recommend keeping your furry pal leashed. You can use a retractable leash, but be careful. Sometimes their mechanisms jam, which can be very dangerous.


All dogs should obey basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is extremely important during hikes! You want to make sure that you can call Fido back to you, and/or keep him from wandering into a dangerous area.


Try not to let Fido drink from unknown water sources, especially standing water. The water may not be safe! Boil or treat water before drinking, to make sure it’s safe.


Did you know that dog feces is a major source of water contamination? Remember to clean up after Fido!

Please reach out to us, your local Glendale, AZ vet clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to help!

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