Hiking With Dogs

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Giardia in Dogs

Heartworm in Dogs

Flea Prevention in Dogs

Above are links to Dr. Foster and Smiths pet education website. The best advice and treatments for your companion dog will be from your own veterinarian.

My vet recommends a Preventic Collar for my dogs while hiking with my dogs. It last for up to 3 months. This brand can only pick up at your vets office or possibly order online. It will prevent ticks. Advantage can be used in combination with the collar. Always look over your dog after a hike or a long stay outdoors.

I can't stress enough to be sure your pets are treated against Heartworms. The disease is transmitted through mosquito bites. If your pet is not on a preventive and left untreated, your best friend will die a horrible death. Personally I've fostered many Humane Society rescue dogs through Heartworm treatment. It is expensive and the after care is very difficult for the dog.

Giardia and Coccidia are also concerns when hiking with dogs. Giardia can be contracted from drinking from lakes, rivers, creeks and puddles. My dog picked it up last year when I allowed him several times to swim in a man made lake. It took several tests to accurately diagnose and walked out of the vet with $400 less. My other lab never picked it up and he swam just as often. Coccidia is picked up from your pet eating feces. These are 2 diseases to be aware of while hiking with your dog.

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Ideas for feeding dog(s) on longer trails 3 Replies

Started by Aubry Reed. Last reply by Hammock Hanger Feb 14.

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Comment by Steve V on November 29, 2012 at 6:50am

Hello, I am about to adopt a new best friend and would like some advice on what type of breed would be best for long or short hikes? As well as some advice on how to care for my buddy at night. A tent for two maybe? Thanks,

Steve V.

Comment by Melissa on July 18, 2011 at 3:31pm
Comment by Melissa on April 16, 2011 at 9:46pm
Comment by Melissa on April 16, 2011 at 8:37am

A day hike to Ralph E. Simmons.  It was a blast for all of us!

Comment by Mike & Kristi Fox on September 1, 2010 at 11:33am
oops...I think the message you all recieved was supposed to go here...oh well...howdy!
Comment by Marc on April 9, 2010 at 12:56pm
There was only one dog that tested positive for rabies virus throughout the state of Florida in 2009, so I really wouldn't worry about it. But it is unnerving when someone lets their dog loose. I was at Little Big Econ resting at the on the riverbank where the big bridge is. Someone let their GREAT DANE off the leash as I was eating lunch. This monster is running all around and of course comes up to me to check me out. I am a dog lover (for the most part) and this was a very sweet dog, but you don't know that until you've been licked. :P
Comment by Marc on April 8, 2010 at 8:25pm
I take my dog only on shorter hikes and keep her leashed at all times when doing so and of course pick up after her. I did let her off the leash though when I hiked the Everglades levees in Broward County but only when no one was around. The levees are high up so not too much trouble for her to get into on the cold days I hiked with her. I am not sure about the rabies cases -- I am a lab scientist with the state public health lab and am in charge of rabies testing in the south FL area -- Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Collier. Rabies is non-existent in the domestic animal population in these areas. When I say non-existent I mean we haven't tested positive for a domestic animal in quite some time. I can't speak for the other counties, but I can find that out if anyone is interested. Wild animals, that's a different story! Not so much in south FL, but definitely as you move up the state to more undeveloped areas. But even in south FL rabies virus is present in the bat, raccoon, fox, and otter population. Its important to get your pets vaccinated because rabies testing is strictly post-mortem and if your dog bites someone you want to be able to show proof of rabies vaccination. So in general, when hiking, keep your dog leashed and vaccinated! I have been vaccinated for rabies as part of my job since I work with the virus in the lab so its when less thing I have to worry about on the trail!

Comment by Jessica Poertner on April 8, 2010 at 8:12pm
I think hiking with dogs is great! My Rowdy almost always comes along with me. Especially being a female out on the trail alone, I feel safer having him with me (he also lightens my load helping carry supplies!) I have to admit he does come off the leash depending on the day and trail. If its a weekend and a busy trail I keep him leashed, however I usually hike on the weekdays and rarely see another person. I think it's great for people to take their dogs out instead of leaving them locked up in their homes. I see nothing wrong with dogs on the trail, and I believe most people who care enough about their dogs to take them hiking, make sure to have their shots. I highly doubt someone would bring a rabid dog out hiking with them...sounds a little absurd to me. But who knows!
Comment by Dana Collins on April 8, 2010 at 7:43pm
I hike with two small dogs 90% of the time and I agree with Derek that the dogs be leashed at all times. I was hiking with the dogs last week when very large dog came running straight at us with no owner in sight. That was not a good experience. I froze and kept my dogs in check and waited. In a couple of minutes the owner showed up. I reminded him to keep his dog leashed at all times while at the preserve. Now as far as hikers having a small impact on wildlife, that depends if the hiker is being responsible. I see a lot of litter out there on the trail, which when possible I generally take out with me. My pets have never littered or defaced property. I always pick up after the dogs.
Comment by Derek Ray on April 8, 2010 at 11:42am
Hikers may have a small impact on wildlife when hiking, however, when you hike with a dog, you are making a choice to further impact the enviroment .Hikers do not generally chase wildlife as would an unleashed dog.As far as taking a risk by being bitten by wildlife, this is true and it is a risk that every hiker makes every time he/she steps out on a trail, and a risk that is known.A hiker should not have an added worry that a stray or unleashed dog may bite.There are still alot of cases of dogs carrying rabies,and I don't know if your dog is just friendly or is carrying rabbies when he walks up to me unleashed. Like I said before, I don't have problems with responsible dog owners who keep their dogs leashed at all times and clean up their mess.Just don't impose on my rights to a nice hike by letting your dog run free.

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