Hunting season is just around the corner. It's time to get ready for action. If you have a hunting dog, now's the time to make sure that they're ready for the season to begin. Your dog is an important member of the team. The last thing you want is to head out into the woods without ensuring that your dog is ready to go. Here are three steps you need to take to ensure that your dog is ready for hunting season.
Start with a Checkup
Now that hunting season is almost here, the first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will ensure that your dog is healthy and ready to start hunting. Here are some things you'll need to discuss with your veterinarian:
You're going to be heading into the woods, which means you'll need to make sure that your dog is current on their vaccinations. It's also crucial that you talk to your veterinarian about flea and tick treatment, as well as protection against Lyme disease. Deer ticks are active during hunting season, which means your dog will be at risk for Lyme disease during hunting season, and so will you.
If your dog hasn't been implanted with a microchip yet, now's the time to take care of that. You never know when your dog is going to wander off and get lost during a hunting trip. Having your dog implanted with a microchip will ensure that you can be contacted once they're located.
Implement a Fitness Routine
If your dog has enjoyed a nice long, leisurely summer, you need to implement a fitness routine. You don't want to head out into the woods with a dog that hasn't been active all summer long. To make sure your dog is ready to embark on a hunting expedition, start heading out for a walk a couple of times a day. It's also a good idea to take a few hikes before hunting season arrives. That way, you and your dog are ready to head into the woods.
Purchase the Proper Safety Gear
When it comes to staying safe during a hunt, you know how important safety gear is. However, you might not know that your dog should also be equipped with safety gear. Before your first hunt, make sure you purchase the proper safety gear for your dog. This should include a reflective collar, and a bright orange safety vest.
For more information on Lyme vaccine for pets, contact your Vet.