RVing with Pets: Another Advantage of Vacationing in an RV 4 Rent
Bringing pets on an RV adventure can be an easy way to keep pets close while exploring. There are many advantages of vacationing in an RV 4 rent, but the convenience and pleasure of bringing pets along for the ride is one of the most popular. RVing with pets requires planning before the trip begins as well as making adjustments while on the road.
The extra effort involved is well worth the trouble, as it will ensure that pets can be a welcome addition to an RV trip.
General Considerations When Traveling with Pets:
1. Whether a RV trip is only a few days or a six-month excursion, RVing with your pet can be a fun bonding experience. Before you leave, plan your stops and overnight stays (since not all rest areas and RV parks allow animals and some may have breed restrictions).
2. Anyone who is planning to travel in an RV for more than a few days should have a waterproof box for important papers pertaining to your pet. These papers include: proof of pet ownership, recent color photo, vaccination and rabies information, etc. It is recommended that a veterinarian’s phone number and pet insurance information are also included.
3. Many believe micro chipping a pet is a good idea. Its importance increases when traveling with pets. A microchip is the fastest and easiest way for pets and their owners to be reunited if the pet is lost or stolen. The microchip number and phone number of the company it is registered with should also be placed in the waterproof box.
4. Pets, as well as people, can experience medical emergencies while traveling. A pet owner should write down the names and phone numbers of local veterinarians and animal hospitals in the areas they will be visiting. In an emergency, seconds count. Having that information available could save a pet’s life. A basic first aid kit designed for a pet is also a good idea. Fleas and ticks are problems in certain areas of the country; be aware of any like issues in the region that could affect your pet. Carrying repellent can save a headache or veterinarian bill later.
5. A pet should always see a veterinarian before leaving on an extended trip. A routine check-up may reveal a medical issue that is easier to deal with at home rather than on the road. If a pet requires regular medication, its veterinarian may be willing to write a larger prescription so the pet does not run out of needed medicine.
6. In the summer months it may be too warm to leave a pet in an RV for a lunch or dinner break at a restaurant. RV’s, just like cars, can easily become extremely hot in the summer. In the winter months a pet may need a jacket to keep them warm.
RVing with Dogs:
Dogs typically love car trips and a well-trained dog can quickly adapt to not dashing out of an open door. However, new places, sights and smells may affect a dog’s feeding schedule. A dog’s regular food and plenty of fresh water served in its usual dish should be offered as it adjusts. Its toilet habits could also change slightly. An extra supply of poop bags, paper towels and fabric cleaner should be stored in an easily accessible area.
RVing with pets, especially dogs, means an RVer needs to carry some extra supplies. An extra leash to replace a broken or misplaced one, a collapsible crate or pen to contain the dog and an old sheet to create shade. If any of these become necessary, will make life on the road much easier if you have them.
Dogs may have extra energy at the end of a long day. A favorite toy or dog bed from home may help them settle in at night.
RVing with Cats:
A mellow cat (who is not an escape artist) can be a great choice as an RV vacation companion. Cats that are easily stressed by unfamiliar noises or smells may be happier staying at home. Since cats prefer to find small, out of the way places to sleep, it is important for a cat’s owner to make sure their cat is actually in the RV before leaving an area. Cats can be quick and quiet and may unexpectedly slip out of an open door or window.
Even a well-trained dog or mellow cat can do unexpected things in unfamiliar surroundings. Never let a dog off its leash, except in designated, fenced areas, and never let a cat outside to explore. Many pets are “part of the family” and RVing with pets is only natural, just make sure they stay with the family.