RVing with pets can be a wonderful experience for you and your beloved furry friends. But it takes a little planning ahead to ensure your pet is comfortable and the trip goes well.
Here are nine tips to keep in mind when RVing with your pet.
1. Prepare Your Pet
Does your pet do well in new situations and environments? If so, great! If not, going on a year-long adventure right off the bat might not be the best idea. Starting out with a few smaller-scale trips will help minimize the stress your pet might feel on the road.
2. Mind the Paperwork
Bring your pet’s health certificate and vaccination records, since many RV parks require you to have them with you in order to enter the grounds.
3. Make a List
When traveling with pets, it pays to plan ahead. The essentials like food and water are a no-brainer, of course, but be sure to write down absolutely everything you need for your furry friend, including dishes, leashes, a litter box for your cat, waste bags, treats and toys, cages, a brush, and a crate, if needed. Don’t forget medications if your pet takes any.
4. Call Ahead to the Campground or RV Park
Get in touch with the RV parks and campgrounds you plan to stop at. Make sure they allow pets, and also ask if they have any rules or regulations regarding pets at their facility.
5. Stay Up to Date
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations and shots are up-to-date, with the records to prove it. This will avoid paperwork hangups, but it’s also important in order to keep your animal companion safe from disease as you travel through new areas.
6. ID Your Pet
If you haven’t already done so, take the time to put your cell phone number on your pet’s ID tags.
7. Protect Your Pets
Bring along flea and tick spray, or make sure your pets are already treated before leaving on the RV trip. It’s easy to pick up fleas and ticks, especially in the great outdoors, so ask your vet about treatment for your particular furry family member.
8. Be a Good Citizen
Remember to pick up after your pets in all locations. This is not only polite and courteous but it also encourages RV parks and campgrounds to keep allowing pets.
9. Get outside!
Exercise isn’t just important for humans, it’s extremely important for pets to have quality time in the great outdoors (especially during long road trips). Make potty breaks fun for everyone by taking a long walk or playing fetch with your pooch.
Story courtesy RVtrader.com