There is nothing like taking your best friend on a trip,
but you really need to consider all the angles.
Once youíre sure your pet is comfortable riding
in your boat and itís not a problem with your other
traveling companions you will need to make sure all
his/her other needs are met.
If you plan to stay in a motel before or after
you start the voyage, make sure it is pet friendly.
Note: Never tie a pet or attach theyíre
leash to your boat while on the water.
These comment and recommendations apply to any pet you
might consider bring on a wilderness trip.
Letís assume that we are talking mainly about
dogs or possibly cats.
Food and Drink
Make sure you have enough food for your pet for the
Dry food would probably be best as it weighs less
than other types.
If you normally feed your pet canned food you may
want to switch to dried food several days before your
trip so he/she is use to it. Depending on the quality of
the river water you may need to provide filtered water
Donít forget the food and water bowl and some treats.
Is your pet in good shape?
Just like everyone else on the trip, they will need to
go everywhere you with you.
They will have to walk that portage trail, climb
up that river bank and if you capsize, swim the rapids
and make it to shore. In sharp rocky areas, you may need
to provide padding for his/her paws.
Every member of your group including your pet need to
wear a PDF while on the water. There will be areas where
because of rapids, cliffs, ledges or other obstacles,
that a swim might be longer than expected. An extended
time in the water can cause hypothermia in your pet.
That PFD will help them survive.
Medication & Vaccinations:
Just like people, dogs take medications.
Make sure you
have any medication for your pet in a waterproof
container and properly labeled.
Has your dog been vaccinated for rabies and is he/she
wearing the rabies tag?
Without the tag if something happens like biting
someone or fighting a wild animal, you friend may get
quarantined until you provide proof.
A copy of a veterinarian bill with vaccination
information could also come in handy.
Your pet should be wearing some identification.
The ID tag needs to include his/her name and your
There are times when even the best behaved dog will
chase a squirrel or other small animal.
There may also be larger animals that visit your
A leash or tether should be available to restrain
your friend when needed.
Donít forget to provide sleeping quarters like you
friend is accustom too.
If you plan to have him/her share your tent,
make sure they will be comfortable with it.
You may want to try it at least once before your