Dog in the forest

Where can I take my dog?

All state forests (except Murrindindi Scenic Reserve) are open to dogs.

A few doggy rules

We want to keep both our native wildlife and forest visitors safe. During your visit please keep your ‘pawsome’ friends on a leash and under your control at all times.

Potential hazards

State forests are a great places for dogs and their owners to enjoy the great outdoors but you need to be aware of hazards like snakes and ticks.

We’ve compiled a few safety tips to keep you and Fido safe. Chat to your vet for more information.

During your visit

  • Keep your dog on a lead and avoid long grassy areas.
  • Apply dog tick control products and do a thorough search of your dog's skin and coat daily, even if tick control products have been applied.
  • It’s best to use your fingertips to feel through the animal’s coat. Ticks or tick craters can be felt as lumps on the skin surface.
  • If you find a tick remove it immediately by its head and not its body. Using a tick remover or tweezers remove the tick at the point it has embedded itself in the pet’s skin.
  • Take your dog to a vet immediately if it has been bitten by a snake or a tick. Both snake bites and tick paralysis are serious and potentially fatal and require immediate veterinary attention.
  • Additional dogs and tick information available at RSPCA Flea and tick prevention

Page last updated: 22/12/20