Taking Fido Out on Trails

Autumn is here, and the weather is cooling off. This is a great time to enjoy Georgia’s beautiful parks and trails! Your canine buddy would likely be more than happy to accompany you on your adventures. Just be sure to put his safety first. A Marietta, GA vet offers some tips on going hiking with Fido below.

Pup Pack

You’ll need to bring a few things along for your furry pal. Fido will need water, a tie line, a first-aid kit, and some treats. You may want to get a portable water bottle with an attached dish, or some collapsible dishes, which are lightweight. 


Hiking isn’t safe or suitable for all dogs. If your four-legged friend is a small breed, a senior, a puppy, a nursing mama, or has health issues, check with your vet before taking him onto a difficult trail. 

Paw Care

Don’t forget that your pet is running around barefoot! Dogs’ paws are quite sensitive. Your canine companion could cut himself on sharp rocks, or get burns or blisters from hot surfaces. Keep Fido’s claws clipped, and use paw balm to protect his feet. 


Always bring water along for your furry bff. Don’t let Fido slurp up water from ponds or lakes: it may not be safe!


Our canine pals are very curious, and they love to sniff around in brush and wild areas. Pay attention to the terrain, and don’t let your pooch explore spots that may be housing wild animals. You’ll also need to watch for snakes and gators when walking Fido besides ponds or streams, especially if you’re in the southern part of the state. 


Retractable leashes can be great, as they give Fido more leeway to explore. Just be careful with these. They can be dangerous if the mechanism jams. Don’t use these in hazardous areas, such as near cliffs or riverbanks. 

Picking Up

Don’t forget to take waste baggies with you! In some places, you may be able to bury Fido’s waste, but you’ll need to check ordinances first. 

Preventative Care

Our woods are gorgeous, but don’t forget that we share them with critters like fleas and ticks. Keep up with Fido’s vaccinations and parasite control! Your four-legged buddy should also be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. 

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