There are so many beautiful hiking trails near Winter Haven, and with the temperatures warming up, now’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your four-legged friend. However, before you hit the trails, the team at Paw Haven Animal Hospital would like to remind you of a few hiking safety tips to keep in mind.

#1: Carry a pet first-aid kit

Your pet may run afoul of briars or sharp rocks when the two of you are out hiking, or they may stick their snout into an anthill or other stinging insect’s lair. Prepare for any emergency by bringing along a pet first aid kit. Ensure it’s well-stocked with bandage supplies, antihistamines, saline rinse, and other wound-care supplies. Also, pack plenty of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your pet.

#2: Stock up on parasite prevention for your pet

Spring is prime time for many parasites as they emerge from their winter hibernation, and they’ll be in hot pursuit of their first warm meal. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites are all lying in wait to infect your pet with a multitude of preventable illnesses. Before heading to the woods or hiking trails, ensure your pet is protected with full-spectrum parasite prevention.

#3: Be aware of local wildlife threats in your area

Local wildlife will also appear with warmer weather. Although food is more plentiful in the summer for predators like bears, coyotes, and big cats, they may be protecting their young or their territory. Learn the common wildlife threats and the best ways to avoid them to keep you and your pet safe.  

Remember to bring plenty of water for you and your furry friend in addition to your pet first-aid kit. Many infectious diseases are carried by wildlife and can be harmful to your pet while exploring the outdoors, so ensure that your furry pal is current on vaccinations and parasite preventives. Give us a call to schedule an appointment before heading out.