Road-Trip Tips: RV Traveling With Pets and How to Prep
RV traveling with pets gives owners the chance to bring their four-legged friends on a journey. According to a Kurgo survey, 56 percent of respondents have traveled in a vehicle with their pets. However, one of the biggest issues while traveling with pets is accommodating to their needs and safety. RVing with pets helps alleviate this problem, and when paired with a pet-friendly rental can make road trips even more fun. With planning and preparation, everyone can enjoy RV traveling with pets. Just follow these tips:
Tips for RV Traveling With Pets
Get Them Ready
The first tip is to prepare them, especially if they are not used to riding in an RV. Practice with short drives, quick day trips, then an overnight drive before leaving on an RV trip. This will acclimate them to riding, help resolve any concerns and make them more comfortable.
Pack Everything They Need
Make a list and pack everything pets need. Items include food, bowls, leashes, toys, a favorite blanket, apparel, litter box, brush and shampoo. Owners never know about supply availability so prepare and pack plenty of everything.
See the Vet
Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date, including rabies shots, heart-worm medication, and flea and tick treatment. Always carry vaccination certificates, vet records and a photo of the pet. Refill any pet prescriptions ahead of time to avoid an emergency situation.
Get an ID
When traveling, pets should always wear an identification tag with contact information. This info should include the owner’s name, address, phone number. If not already done, consider implanting a chip and setting up the process if lost. If chipped, include ‘I’m chipped!’ on the ID tag.
Buy a Crate or Restraints
When the RV is in motion, pets should be restrained. Kurgo reports that a 50-mph accident can turn a 10-pound dog into a 500-pound force. Just like children, airbags can also become fatal to dogs so avoid the front seat. To ensure the pet’s safety and comfort, harnesses should have a padded chest plate. For those who crate, buy a size larger so they can lie down and relax.
Bring a Leash
Many pets will come when called, however some people may seem leery of pets not on a leash. Bring a leash for these situations and be mindful of the dog’s behavior and surroundings. For example, if the dog likes to chase other animals letting them loose in the woods isn’t a good idea.
No one likes sitting in the car for hours. The same rings true for pets. Stop at rest areas to let them walk around, stretch and get fresh air. They may even sleep better after a good walk.
Give Them Plenty of Air and Water
Never leave pets in an RV without adequate ventilation and water. Cats and dogs have a average temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit — making them more tolerant to warmer temperatures — but they must have lots of water. Open a small window, use a fan or turn on the air conditioning, place pads on the floor, and fill a large bowl with icy water before leaving. Experts recommend not leaving more than a few hours.
Animal feces can spread disease. Owners have a responsibility to do their part and clean up after pets. Ensure trash is disposed of properly. Not only does it help eliminate disease, but it’s also courteous to other owners and people.
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