8 essential items your dog needs on a hike

Prepare your pup for the hike with these essential items.

Fall is the perfect season for you and your furry friend to spend time in the great outdoors, so why not go on a hike? It's a great way to take in the fresh air and get your workout in for the day. But before you head out, there are a few essential items you need to bring for your pooch. Packing a dog-friendly kit will ensure its health and happiness along the walk.

Here are eight items we recommend bringing on a hike with your dog:

1. Flea & tick treatment
Right before you head out on the trail, we recommend preparing your pup for the hike with Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Treatment for Dogs and Puppies. This can ensure those pesky parasites won't hop on his back and ruin the fun.

2. A dog first-aid kit
It's unfortunate to say that an accident can occur at any time, but that doesn't mean you can't come prepared. Bringing along a dog first-aid kit is a critical precautionary measure you can't forget. Be sure to include bandages, dog toe nail clippers, prescribed topical ointments, adhesive tape and gauze roll. And don't forget a muzzle – even the nicest dogs can be defensive when they're injured.

3. Leash and collar
Even if your dog walks close to your side, it's in your best interest to keep it on a leash and collar during the hike. Just one squirrel could make your pup run off and get lost in the woods.

4. Food and water
Bring dog food that's low in carbohydrates and high in fat and protein for the hike. And don't forget to bring ample water – it's likely you won't find any clean sources for your pup along the trail.

5. Dog attire
This might seem silly, but the Appalachian Mountain Club advises you to bring booties for your dog. Wearing them can prevent it from scraping its paw or tearing a claw.

6. Dog toys
Take a break from the hike and play a game of fetch in the foods. The Hartz® Dura Play® Ball is made with long-lasting foam technology – perfect for the great outdoors.

7. A flea comb
Take precautionary measures and bring along the Hartz® Groomers Best® Flea Comb for Dogs to check for pests on your pooch throughout the hike. It's designed with extremely fine teeth to easily remove fleas, eggs and other harmful debris.

8. Spare rope
If you plan on taking a break during the hike, you should consider bringing a long rope. Unlike a short leash, the rope will give your dog more room to roam when it's tied to a tree or sturdy object.

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz®. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.