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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Camping Equipment useful with a V

Our 9 wk old Vizsla puppy Mogwai is adjusting amazingly and we are looking forward to doing a few camping trips this summer with him. We haven't planned anything too intense for him but are just excited to get outdoors with him. Just wanted to see if there is anything specific people have found useful while camping with their dogs. Thanks

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Our 9 wk old Vizsla puppy Mogwai is adjusting amazingly and we are looking forward to doing a few camping trips this summer with him. We haven't planned anything too intense for him but are just excited to get outdoors with him. Just wanted to see if there is anything specific people have found useful while camping with their dogs. Thanks
I'm not sure if your car camping, or into the more rugged back country style, but either way a well stocked first aid kit, with Benadryl is a must.

Other than that the usual - toys, chews, comfy spot to lie down, a blanket to keep warm, a lead / long lead if you need to have the pup leashed, water food bowls, sealed container with dog food/treats (to keep it dry and contain scent if your in bear country) - I also always bring extra food since your pup will be using a lot of energy if your hiking/playing/swimming. I also always bring extra towels for cleaning paws/drying off.

Also, always do a quick campsite check to make sure it's safe (no glass, dumped food, etc).

I'm sure your pup will have a blast!



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That sounds like a pretty good checklist. We will be doing mostly car camping, with one overnight canoe camping trip planned . Going to take it easy this summer with him as he's still just a pup. Also trying to ease my wife into the outdoor lifestyle lol! I think a good first aid kit with some benadryl is all that I need still. What is the appropriate dose? Is there a weight-based dosing that should be used if they need it?

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The dosage for benadryl is 1mg per pound of body weight 2-3 times a day.

For the canoe trip you may want a life vest for him. Ruffwear makes a nice one, but I'd probably look for a cheaper option since he's still a puppy and will quickly outgrow it.

Canadian Expy gave you a pretty exhaustive list. I usually bring a couple blankets when car camping, one for my dog to lay on, and one to cover her. She settles down better when she can burrow. If you can, do a trial run with him in your tent before your trip.

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Let us know how it goes.

I think we've been through almost everything camping (we canoe trip, and car camp occasionally). There have been many lessons learned 😋

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Thanks I will let you know how it goes as we go through the summer. I found a slightly cheaper lifevest (40-60$) made by Kurgo that were probably going to get. I ordered some quick-dry lightweight camp towels from REI as well that I think will come in handy. I'm sure there will be plently we learn on the fly as well, but we wont exactly be hitting up the back-country quite yet.

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Bug spray.
We use skin so soft and it seems to work well.
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Bug spray.
We use skin so soft and it seems to work well.
I know skin so soft is safe, but just be cautious of which bug spray you use to make sure it is safe for your pup.

Same goes with sunscreen.

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Awesome thread! As usual the forum came through with great information. I too will be spending multi-day camping trips with my dog this summer.

Trevor,
I was just thinking about this the other day. Is it okay to put standard deet bug spray on the dog to protect against mosquitoes and gnats, or is it recommended to use picaridin? I did a quick google search, but got mixed answers. Does anybody have a reliable source or study I can read?

UPDATE: I just found this on AVMA.org https://www.avma.org/public/Health/P...r-Hunters.aspx

"The following guidelines are recommended for hunters and their dogs to avoid tick-borne diseases:

1. Apply tick repellants to exposed skin and clothing.
a. DEET (N, n-diethyl-m-toluamide) and picaridin are commonly used insect repellents. The CDC provides guidelines for selecting and using the appropriate insect repellant.
i.If skin becomes wet from perspiration or water, towel off and reapply to dry skin.
b.Spray permethrin-containing products on outer clothing, including shoes. Permethrin is not an effective repellant for use on skin.
c.If chemical odors are a concern, there are unscented and neutral odor products available, such as DeepWoods Off! Sportsmen."

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I would not use any deet products on the pup - deet is toxic with risk increasing with the percentage of deet in the product.

I use the Hurtta Bug and sun blocker with a homemade head net on Aspen I the worst of black fly season here (their slush suit is also awesome in poor weather). During most of the summer the bugs don't bother him (the bites look bad, but don't last long).

I also have a nose balm that protects against sun exposure since most of our trips include long days in the canoe.

We have a cooling vest for extremely hot days.

I also bring boots for the dog (and paw wrap) just in case of a paw laceration.

The pups wear a chest guard when portaging/hiking the trail since there are obstacles let and it wouldn't take much for a test or puncture.

I'm sure there's more - keep in mind a lot of this is my backcountry list of equipment as there is no easy access to a vet, so it's wise to prepared.

And I'm now realizing my dogs might have more outdoor gear than me - they even have packs (but those can't be used until around 2 yrs old). 😋


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