Over the years I have found there are certain items that are must-haves when hiking with dogs. In this post I want to share 5 items I feel are essential to have with me when I go hiking with my pets.
My recent post on what you need to do when your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake fueled a lot of questions from my readers regarding emergency gear for hiking with pets. So I decided to do a post on the items that I feel are essential to carry with you when you hike with your dog.
Of course, please always carry enough water for you and your pets and bring a collapsible dog dish or other way to give water to your dog!
1. Multi-Use Tool
I live in Phoenix, AZ and I hike a lot in and around the Phoenix area. You may have seen some of my YouTube videos. Here in the Sonoran Desert, we have a lot of cactus and things with thorns or needles, so the first thing I learned to bring with me was a Multi-use tool. Mine is made by Gerber, but there are a lot of different multi-use tools, including Swiss-Army Knifes and Leatherman Tools.
You will need this tool to pull cactus and other thorns out of your dog's paws. Unfortunately, getting into these things is sometime unavoidable.
It's not important what brand you get, but you do want to look for a tool that has several options. I suggest at a minimum you need some needle-nose pliers, scissors, and knife. Of course, another option is to carry all three single items with you. The all-in-one tools are just a lot more compact and therefore easier to carry in your day-pack. By getting something that has more than just pliers, you are bringing a tool that will be useful in a lot of different emergency situations. You may even find that you are using this handy item during a lot of non-emergencies.
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