Hiking in nature: the dangers that lie in wait for Pita

More and more nature parks and tourist spots are welcoming dogs. But be careful! Nature is not safe for your pet. Precautions are required.

While in the city, de-icing salt, broken glass, and other debris pose a danger to your dog’s paws, in nature, the chances of injury come mainly from insects and parasites, plants that can lead to poisoning, and the excrement of forest animals. which can cause indigestion.

go astray

Often overlooked is the risk of losing your animal, attracted by the scents and small animals that circulate in the forest. Therefore, it is very important that your dog listens to you when you tell him “Fuck it” when he is trying to move away, or “No” when he is sniffing toxic substances too close for him.

If your dog is not docile and obedient, it is safer to keep him on a leash until he no longer obeys you or gets used to wide open spaces. Tip: Add a bell to his collar so he’s easy to find.

toxic water

According to Alexandra Bouchard, a public relations consultant for Bassin versant du Saguenay, the blue algae present in several of Quebec’s lakes are just as dangerous to animals as they are to people who are interested in the quality of the province’s waterways.

Your dog can absorb toxins by drinking contaminated water, ingesting algae, or playing with blue-green algae-covered pebbles. Symptoms of poisoning appear very quickly. He may drool, vomit, or convulse. In the most severe cases, he may die.

If your dog has been bathed in blue-green algae-infested water, rinse with clean, running water and monitor for several hours after bathing. “See your veterinarian if he is unwell,” the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action said in an email. Keep an eye on his skin by parting his fur as it can be red from bathing. If he swallows water, his mouth may become irritated.

Ticks and mosquitoes

The risk of being bitten by ticks is very real. Keep your pet away from low plants or tall grass where it has stopped ready to pounce on the first passing animal (or tourist). Easier said than done, but that’s no reason not to try. Call your dog to redirect his attention elsewhere if he gets too close to a small undergrowth.

“The tick species of greatest concern is the ixodid scapularis, which can transmit Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), an increasingly common disease in dogs in Quebec,” Mondou, a pet products retailer, says on its website.

It is also recommended to put an anti-tick collar around the neck of your best friend or give him prophylactic drugs. There are also products in the form of drops for application on the dog’s coat, which kill unwanted pathogens on contact. When returning from a hike, be sure to carefully look between your pet’s coat to make sure there are no mites on the skin. Bring pliers and a plastic bag: you never know.


The processional caterpillars, which are increasingly common in Quebec, also pose a danger to Pitou and Mina, especially in the spring. Be on the lookout for this new enemy that, with its stinging and allergenic microscopic hairs, causes burns and inflammation in humans and animals alike. An infected dog will scratch and lick relentlessly. It is necessary to consult a veterinarian in all cases, because the inconvenience is significant and the risk of infection is high.


Another risk is poisoning, for example if your pet ingests toxic substances such as mushrooms, plants, or feces. This is followed by digestive disorders, which can worsen if not treated quickly. Prevention is the best solution. Watching what your pet eats will save you a lot of inconvenience and anxiety.

Wild animals or traps

Meeting a wild animal or getting a paw in a trap is also a serious threat to a best friend. This is why you should keep a dog first aid kit in your backpack.

Pay special attention to the porcupine quills. They can be dangerous for your pet, especially if they are located near the eyes, in addition to being painful. Take the animal to the vet to have them removed as soon as there are more than a few.

Baba have a good walk

1. Keep your pet on a leash and distract him as soon as he tries to bite or eat something forbidden.

2. Teach him tricks to quickly get him to listen to you.

3. Spray repellants on items he likes or is attracted to.

4. Associate unpleasant sounds as soon as he approaches or bites something dangerous.

What to take with you for a safe trip?

  • Flashlight (flashlight or headlamp)
  • Lighter
  • Knife
  • boots for dogs
  • bear repeller
  • Bear bell for your dog
  • Rocket Launcher and/or Bear Sausages
  • Whistling
  • Pincer puller
  • porcupine tweezers
  • Electrostatic collar

Let’s go for a walk?

>> Read also: Our Dog Food Test and Practical Guide to Peaceful Hiking


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