• Safeguarding your pooch from the risk of mosquitoes during your camping trip
      Use these anti-mosquito tips to your advantage when camping with your canine.
      Safeguarding your pooch from the risk of mosquitoes during your camping trip
      June 27, 2012

      As a pet owner, you may be concerned with the elevated populations of fleas and ticks throughout the country, but one of the most daunting pests you'll face this season is the mosquito. The mild winter temperatures and wet spring have made these insects just as dangerous as their counterparts, and they carry a variety of potential parasites and ailments that could threaten your dog's well-being. If you're about to embark on a camping trip, you'll have to go the extra mile to protect your furry friend, so keep these tips in mind to ensure that he's safe in the great outdoors.

      1. Alter your walk/hike schedule. As you may know, mosquitoes are far more prevalent in the early morning hours and in the evening, so you should consider going on your walks and hikes during the afternoon hours. It may be a bit hotter during this point in the day, but you and your pooch will be less susceptible to insect bites and you will have a far more enjoyable time on the trails.

      2. Set up camp away from bodies of water. Mosquitoes love to hang around rivers, streams and ponds, as it is their primary breeding ground. While it may be cooler and more convenient to set up your camp by a body of water, this can lead to increased difficulty with mosquitoes. Opt for shaded areas that are away from these areas, and be sure to close the vestibule of your tent to keep the inside of your sleeping area free from these pesky insects.

      3. Flea and tick preventatives. Before you head into the wilderness, you should make sure that your pooch is caught up on his parasite prevention. Topical drops like Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Treatment for Dogs and Puppies is a monthly treatment that starts killing fleas within 15 minutes, as well as repel mosquitoes while you're out camping. This will provide protection for up to 30 days and give you peace of mind when camping with your furry companion.

      Mosquitoes are a nuisance no matter how large their populations may be, so make sure you take these tips to heart on your first summer camping trip to keep your four-legged friend safe from many environmental risks.