Wednesday, 11 May 2016

RVing with your Dog :-)

RVing with your Dog!

One of the reasons people buy RV's is because they want to take their dog with them wherever they go.  There is nothing better than a pet friendly trip with all the comforts of home, this results in a much happier dogs!  

Here are some things to look for, plan for and tips to make your four legged family member happy on your RV road trip.
  1. Dogs are not always allowed in RV parks, hiking trails, beaches or National Parks.
    • Research your breaks, sight seeing, overnight stops before you leave so that you can be aware of where pets are welcomed.
  2. Make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date, depending on where you are traveling to will depend on what is needed
    • Best to discuss this with your Veterinarian before leaving (also a good idea to do a general helath visit before you leave)
    • Make sure to pack the vacination certificates
  3. Pack all the right gear
    • Start by making a list of everything your pet needs and uses on a daily basis
    • You can always keep a leash, bowl, toys, etc. in your RV at all times so you don't have to worry about packing them each time
    • Always have extra leashes and collars to allow for lost or broken ones and check for leash laws in the campground you are staying (some won't allow long leashes).
    • Drinking Water - if your dog has a sensitive tummy this may avoid any upset
    • Old towels
    • Doggy waste bags, pick up what they leave
    • You dogs favorite bed or blanket
  4. Make sure your dog has an identification tag on, at all times, with the number you can be reached at while you are traveling
  5. Maintain your dogs schedule as close as you can.  This will reduce any anxiety they may feel while away from home
  6. A pet first aid kit, although not essential but could be a life saver. This can be easily stored in a plastic container or you can purchase a full kit online. Some things to add are:
    • Scissors
    • Sterile eye wash
    • Tweezers
    • Tick remover tool
    • Vet wrap
    • Gauze & Telfa pads
    • Medical tape
    • Antiseptic wash or wipes
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Latex gloves
    • Benadryl - check doses with your Vet before leaving home
  7. Respect those around you, not everyone loves our dogs like we do :-)
  8. There are a ton of activities that you can enjoy with your dog and ones they will love doing with you while RVing.


1 comment:

  1. An interesting and useful article, shame you forbid pets in your rental fleet. Seems the only way I can bring my dogs camping is to buy an RV..