Millions of Americans head out on vacations all over the country every year, and many of them will bring pets along when they do. Pets are a part of the family and have their own special needs. When you head out on your RV vacation this year, make sure you follow these tips to keep your pet healthy and safe so that you all will have as much fun as possible by avoiding unnecessary complications.
Begin your pet planning at least one month prior to departure date. Some of the initial steps you should take to keep your pet safe and secure need to be done in advance. Before you even get the RV gassed up, check over your pet’s vaccinations and ensure they are up-to-date! Checking on this early allows enough time to schedule an appointment with your vet and take care of any vaccinations that need to be addressed.
Another vital step before leaving home is to ensure that your pet’s collar fits and that it has an accurate ID tag attached. Many families do not have pets wear collars while at home, but they are vital while out and about on vacation. An exterior ID tag is also vital. Even if your dog or cat has an implanted ID chip that can be scanned at a veterinarian’s office, you won’t necessarily have to wait for an escaped pet to show up at a vet if it has an ID tag. Whoever spots your dog can call you right away to let you know that your missing pet has appeared.
As your travel time arrives begin writing down a list of all pet traveling necessities. Pet carriers and extra leashes are a must! Even if you’ve planned on having your pet ride in the cab of your RV for the entire trip, you should still bring a pet carrier with you. You will want to take special precautions to make sure that your pet is secured whenever you stop in a new location. Pets can become easily stressed in new environments and the comfort of their pet carrier provides a safe place for them, especially if you are leaving them in the RV while you’re out site-seeing. You don’t want your beloved pet running off with their temporary neighbors or getting into mischief while you’re away! It is highly recommended to keep an extra leash on hand per chance one gets torn, soiled, or destroyed in some way, you’ll be ready to stroll without any delay.
If you are traveling to a warm location, remember to provide plenty of water for your pet, preferably in a self-filling container. Strap the container to one of the walls of your RV so that your pet can’t accidentally tip it over. Also, think twice before leaving your pet alone in your RV in warm weather. Without air conditioning turned on, an RV could potentially heat up inside to the point that your pet starts to get dehydrated. When camping with hook-ups, keeping the air conditioner running shouldn’t be a problem.
Summer is almost over, so have fun on your last RV trips of the summer and any trips you plan to take this fall. Take your pets along to make the journeys even more memorable, but follow these tips to ensure your furry friends are having a great time, too! Pets enjoy being with you on vacation and would fair better by going with you rather than being kenneled without you. Try it and prepare yourselves for a successful trip!
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Photo Credits: Owner with pet by Terry Bone and El Monte RV at Grand Canyon by Grand Canyon National Park. Both are licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons license.