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hiking with dogs asheville ncAsheville is an amazing city. There is plenty to see and do, from downtown to the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are amazing opportunities for Asheville residents to get outside with their dogs. If you have a dog, you are probably eager to take him along as you explore the thousands of miles of hiking trails, thousands of waterfalls, views, and vistas, and all there is to see in western North Carolina. Dogs love the outdoors. Nevertheless, before you take your canine to the woods, it is important to research the best practices for enjoying nature with your furry friend.

Hiking with Your Dog in Asheville, NC

Your dog will enjoy hitting the trail with you; however, it is important to make sure you and your pet are prepared before you hit the trail. Some general tips for maximizing your experience, while minimizing risk include:

  • Schedule a Wellness Checkup: Bring your dog to Avery Creek Pet Hospital and have our veterinarians evaluate your dog’s overall health and make recommendations for hiking.
  • Determine How Far Your Dog Can Go: Your vet can help you assess your dog’s fitness level and how far he or she can hike. For the first few hikes, do not go farther than you can carry your pet.
  • Have Your Dog Vaccinated: Make sure your dog is vaccinated for Leptospirosis and Zoonotic Disease. Avery Creek Pet Hospital also offers a rattlesnake vaccine.
  • Wear Bright Colors During Hunting Season
  • Pack Food and Water: You and your dog should have clean water and snacks. Muddy puddles are not appropriate for drinking water for your dog.
  • Familiarize Yourself with Proper Trail Etiquette: Make sure you follow general hiking rules and know all the rules of the specific trail system on which you are hiking.
  • Train Your Dog: Make sure your dog is trained for leashes, meeting other people and pets, and wild animal encounters.

Practicing proper hiking techniques is key for you and your dog. For more information about hiking with your dog, and to schedule a wellness checkup with our experienced veterinarians, contact Avery Creek Pet Hospital. We have been helping pets and their owners for many years in Asheville. We know the area and how to make sure you and your dog have the best time when hiking through the mountains of western North Carolina with your dog.