Like many of us, your dog is your sidekick and constant companion. It’s natural you’d want to take your best friend along on your next overlanding expedition to share in the freedom of life off grid. Your dog will not only love spending quality time with you, he won’t be able to get enough of the sites, smells, and sounds of the wild.
We’ve put together some helpful suggestions on how to plan and pack for a successful overlanding adventure with your dog. With a little planning, everyone can learn some new tricks.
Before You Leave On Your Overlanding Trip
Assess Your Dog
The first step in preparing is actually quite simple. You know your dog better than anyone. Is your pooch the type to enjoy traveling? Does he get stressed riding in cars or in strange environments? Make sure your pup has the desire or personality for overlanding. No one wants to be forced into doing something they aren’t meant to do, including animals. However, some breeds are born for adventure!
Order Preventatives for Your Dog
If your dog isn’t on year-round preventatives, you may want to schedule an appointment to discuss options with your veterinarian or request a prescription.
- Flea and Tick Prevention: Your dog will have access to heavy brush and foliage – the perfect opportunity to pick up multiple ticks. Flea and tick prevention will help prevent tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease. Click here for instructions on how to safely remove ticks.
- Heartworm Prevention: If you should catch your dog ingesting animal droppings during your hike, or you’re attacked by a swarm of mosquitos, you’ll be thankful you’re giving heartworm prevention to protect against heartworm disease and other types of worms that could cause serious illness.