Pet-Friendly RVing 101: How to RV with Dogs & Cats

Tips for RVing with cats or RVing with dogs

The Ultimate List of Pet-Friendly RVing Tips

While your dog or cat may not be able to join you on every vacation, an RV trip is the perfect pet-friendly excursion.

Not only does RVing save you the hassle of finding a pet-friendly hotel, it offers a convenient and affordable way to bring your pet along for the adventure.

Sure, traveling with pets requires careful preparation and planning, but it’s worth the extra effort.

After all, a camping trip just wouldn’t be complete without your furry companion.

If you’re thinking of RVing with pets, the following tips will ensure you and your four-legged friend have a great time.

 Dog partaking in pet-friendly RVing

Should you take your pet RVing?

RVing with your pets can be an amazing adventure, but some pets simply aren’t cut out for travel.

Your pet’s physical condition and temperament are two important factors to consider, along with their ability to adapt to new environments.

You should also take into account the type of vacation and activities you have planned. While your dog may love camping and hiking, your cat may not.

Putting extra thought and care into your animals’ needs and safety will ensure an enjoyable vacation for the whole family!

Cat participating in pet-friendly RVing

8 Tips for Pet-Friendly RVing

Traveling with your pet can be easy as long as you plan ahead.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure a great RV experience for you and your pets.

1. Call ahead to check if your RV park is pet-friendly

Some campgrounds may have extra pet fees or breed restrictions, so it’s always best to call ahead to confirm the park’s pet policies.

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2. Get your pets used to RV travel

Dogs and cats love to explore a new space on their own, so give your pet time to check out the RV before you leave. You can begin this process by placing some of your animal’s toys and belongings in the RV and then letting them roam around.

Once they’ve adjusted to their new surroundings, try introducing them to being in motion. Place your pet in a safe, secure place and take a short drive or a quick trip around the block. Then gradually increase the length of each trip incrementally until your pet is comfortable with vehicle movement.

3. Visit the vet before you leave

Not only will this ensure all vaccines are up-to-date, the vet can also provide advice on any potential health issues you may encounter on the road (like fleas or ticks).

4. Make sure your animals’ tags are up-to-date

No one wants to think about their pet getting lost, but you should always be prepared for the worst-case scenario. If your pet’s identification tag has a landline number, remember to update it to display your cell phone number.

5. Make packing list

It’s easy to overlook important items if you haven’t traveled with your pet before. Here are a few key things to add to your packing list:

– Extra food and water in case of emergency

– Litter box (if necessary)

– Your pet’s usual bed or blanket

– Waste pick-up bags

– Medications and vaccination records

– A first aid kit for pets

– Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention

You may also want to consider bringing toys, treats, an exercise pen, or a crate.

6. Keep your pets safe and comfortable

To ensure everyone’s safety, keep your fur babies secured with a seatbelt harness or a carrier while the vehicle is in motion. This will protect them from being injured in an accident, and keep them from distracting you when you’re driving.

7. Stick to a routine

When it comes to meals, exercise, and treats, try to stick to your pet’s usual routine while you’re traveling. This will help keep your pet content and reduce the likelihood of agitation or anxiety. Don’t forget to pack their regular food and any of their favorite toys.

8. Plan a pet-friendly itinerary

It can be tempting to try to get your destination as quickly as possible, but making time for bathroom breaks and walks is necessary when you’re traveling with pets. When you’re mapping out your route, include time to head out and explore along the way.

Leaving Pets in Your RV

We all know that leaving your pet in a car is a big no-no, but do the same rules apply if you’re in an RV?

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer. Before you make a decision to leave your pet alone in an RV, you’ll need to consider a range of factors and variables.

As a general rule, if you’re ever unsure as to whether your pets will be comfortable alone in your RV, don’t leave them. It’s never worth putting your pet’s life in danger!

 Cat in RV for pet friendly camping

Campground Pet Etiquette

Most importantly, don’t forget to be considerate of your fellow campers and RVers! If you keep the following rules in mind, you, your dogs, and your neighbors will all be happy campers.

1. Keep your pets on a leash at all times.

2. Always clean up after your pets and dispose of pet waste appropriately.

3. Keep barking and noise to a minimum.

4. Many campgrounds have designated areas for pets, so be sure to follow the campground rules.

Dog with boy outside RV while camping

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