Apr 26, 2015

7 Great Tips for RVing with Pets

RVing with pets can be a wonderful experience for you and your beloved furry friends. Here are seven tips to keep in mind when RVing with your pet.

1. 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. You may also need to contact RV parks that you plan to stay at to make sure they accept your specific kind of pet.

2. Make a List

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, exercise pen, cages, a brush and a crate, if needed. Don’t forget medications if your pet takes any.

3. Call Ahead

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. You will also need to call and see if the RV park or campground allows pets such as birds, bunnies and guinea pigs, or if they only let dogs and cats on the grounds.

4. 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.

5. Mark Your Pet

 If you haven't already done so, take the time to put your cell phone number on your pet's ID tags. You still want your home address and landline phone number on the tags, but that won't be of much help if your pet cockatoo flies away from the RV while you're still traveling. This will ensure that good samaritans can contact you in such a case.

6. Protect Your Pets from Creepy Crawlies

Bring along flea and tick spray, or make sure your pets are already treated before leaving on the RV trip. Even pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies and ferrets can pick up fleas and ticks, especially in the great outdoors, so ask your vet about treatment for your particular furry family member.

7. 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. If you have a non-traditional pet like hamsters, ferrets or birds, call the park or campground beforehand and see how they handle waste removal.

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  1. Being a good citizen is definitely important! No one wants to have to watch their step when they are out on a trip in their used RV!

  2. I really want to take my dog with the family for our summer vacation in our RV. Didn't know if it was actually a possibility to bring him along. I will defiantly make sure to follow "tip 5: Be a Good Citizen". Bringing my pet brings all the responsibilities of taking care of his messes as well, and my family is more than willing to do just that. http://www.orangewoodrv.com/

  3. That's good to know that some RV parks require that you have your pet's vaccination records. I guess they want to make sure that any animals there are up to date on that stuff. It's a good reminder to get any booster shots before we go camping. I want my furry friends to be as healthy as possible after all. http://www.liverpoolvillagevets.com/veterinary-services/2029842

  4. Another thing to bring is a dog crate. We learned the hard way of our small dog getting scared of the noises an rv makes and jumping out of my arms and falling down the inside steps. She now travels secure!

  5. Another thing to bring is a dog crate. We learned the hard way of our small dog getting scared of the noises an rv makes and jumping out of my arms and falling down the inside steps. She now travels secure!


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