Ruffing it


Your guide to camping with canines in Queensland.

Dog and owner looking out of a tent door
If you can’t bear the forlorn look in your dog’s eyes next time you leave for a weekend camping, take him or her with you on your next trip.

Research from Animal Medicines Australia showed more than a quarter of Australian pet owners take their pet with them on holidays.

AWLQ rehoming partner Petstock vet Dr Hay Chung said including dogs on family camping trips was good for both the dog and their family.

“Dogs explore their environment through smell, so taking them to a new destination is like Christmas for their senses,” Dr Chung said.

“With an increasing number of pet owners treating pets as family members and adopting behaviours that are all-inclusive, being able to share in activities such as camping, hiking and swimming with our dogs enhances quality time spent together, improving both their health and happiness, and ours.

“With so many great dog-friendly campsites around Australia that both you and your dog will love, it’s never been easier to incorporate your pooch into plans.”

However, getting lost, ticks and open fires posed a risk to pets when camping.

“To ensure your pet can be quickly returned if they wander to another campsite, include your mobile number on their collar ID tag,” Dr Chung said.

“If you suspect your dog may have tick poisoning or if you find a tick on your pet, seek veterinary attention immediately.

“Even once extinguished, keep dogs away as the firepit may retain heat and can contain unsafe debris like food and foil wrap.”

Dr Chung advised pet owners to pack a doggy first-aid kit including a water bottle and a towel.

“You should also include bandages and dressings to cover wounds, iodine-based antiseptic cream, gloves, scissors, and tweezers to remove splinters, grass seeds or ticks,” Dr Chung said.

“Saline should be packed in case you need to wash your pet’s eyes, shampoo for a general wash and pet sunscreen to protect hairless areas like around the nose and on the belly.

“Being prepared and knowing what to look out for is the key to having a safe and enjoyable canine camping trip.”

Canine camping checklist


  • Visit vet for check-up and ensure vaccinations are up to date.
  • Ensure pet is covered by the correct tick and flea protection.
  • Ensure microchip and ID tag details are up to date.
  • Purchase or renew pet insurance.
  • Stock your canine first-aid kit.

To take on your trip

  • Travel crate or car harness
  • Portable water and food bowls
  • Collar, lead, tether and stake
  • Poop bags
  • Brush and shampoo
  • Blanket and towels
  • Pet sunscreen
  • Toys

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The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.