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Things to Know When Hiking with your Dog

February 02, 2015

Exercising with your dog is rapidly becoming one of America’s favorite ways to get fit and stay healthy. With more and more people looking for ways to spend quality time with pets while trimming down and losing weight, camping and hiking excursions with the family pet are becoming increasingly commonplace.   [caption id="attachment_278" align="alignleft" width="335"]Arden Moore The author and her dogs, Chipper and Cleo, take a rest after climbing Iron Mountain in San Diego. Arden Moore
The author and her dogs, Chipper and Cleo, take a rest after climbing Iron Mountain in San Diego.[/caption] Before tossing your backpack in the car and heading for the mountains, however, there are a few things you should know about taking your dog on a hike. Vetstreet.com, a website dedicated to providing health and safety information to veterinarians and pet owners alike, offers a handful of important tips to review before taking your fuzzy friend on a weekend getaway.   As always, make sure you pack your SafetyPUP XD reflective dog vest to keep your canine bright and visible at all times, especially if you’re planning on hiking or camping during hunting season. Remember, a quality dog vest not only protect against hunters and automobiles, it can also guard against lacerations, abrasions, and poison oak.   And it never hurts to bring along a healthy, protein-packed snack for your dog, so grab a box of USA made SafetyPUP/KONA’S CHIPS® dog treats to keep your pet energized!

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