FURRY FRIENDS AND CAMPING
Did you know that over 50% of RV travelers bring their fur babies? When traveling with your pets you will get the best of both worlds. You have all the comforts of home and you never have to leave your pets. There is no having to find someone to take care of them. This way you will not have to cut your travels short to get back to them. It’s always hard to leave your beloved four-legged companions behind when you travel, and it’s even harder when you go camping. This way you will have them with you at all times.
As camping season gets closer, whether you will be camping with your pet for the first time, or just need a reminder of some helpful tips to simplify your trip. One of the first things to keep in mind is to make sure you are going to a place that is pet-friendly. It would be very disheartening to go someplace that didn’t accept your pets.
Keep your pets Healthy
Always make sure that you keep your pet’s shots up to date, and always take current records with you when you travel. Most places require verification upon arrival. A good place to keep them is on the door of your RV for easy access.
The US Forest Service recommends carrying certain first-aid items for our furry friends.
- Booties for protecting injured paws. (like toddler size or baby socks)
- Bandana for a makeshift muzzle.
- Multi-tool with needle-nose pliers for extracting splinters, thorns, etc.Emergency space blanket for shock or cold.
It’s also a good idea to look up the name, phone number, and location of a nearby vet clinic. Check ahead with your RV park to see if they have that information available.
When you’re traveling with your pets, make sure to take time for potty breaks. Taking walks in parks, along the rivers, or at the ocean, wherever your destination is, its good to take frequent breaks along your route.
Leaving Pets in the RV
If you’re planning to leave your pets alone in your rig while it’s parked in a campground, you’ll first need to make sure that your pets will not disturb your neighbors while you’re away. Also, some campgrounds have rules prohibiting pets from being left unattended, even inside your RV – likely due to bad experiences with dogs “serenading” the other guests. So, be sure you know the policies when you make your reservations. If both of those conditions are squared away, the next thing to consider is the weather. Regulating the temperature in an RV is easier than in a car, but it can still get uncomfortable – or even dangerously – hot for pets. Lowering all your shades to block the sun, opening windows, turning on ceiling ventilation fans, and providing plenty of water will help, but may not do enough to ensure a safe environment. Unfortunately, there is no set temperature that one can bank on to be safe for their pets – it depends on humidity, air movement if you’re parked in the sun or shade, and on your pet’s health. Even the breed can affect his ability to keep cool. Short-faced breeds, like pugs and Shar-pei, are known to be affected more by the heat. When the temperatures are warm enough that you’d need to rely on air conditioning to keep your pets safe, think twice about leaving them. Pop-up thunderstorms, electrical surges, and even careless neighbors can cut off the shore power to your RV. If you’re planning a day trip, take your pets along! If the plans you’ve made don’t allow you to include your pets, consider a pet sitter or doggy daycare facility where they can spend the day. You may even find fellow campers who are willing to trade pet sitting favors! Basically, it comes down to this: If there is any question as to whether your pets will be comfortable alone in your RV, please don’t leave them. Nothing is so important that it’s worth endangering a pet’s life. You may just have to sit and stay (with the air conditioning on), while someone else fetches.
Be a considerate neighbor. Be sure that you’re a good representative of the pet travel community. Keep barking to a minimum, obey leash laws and pet guidelines, and always, always, always pick up after your pets. Arrive at camp prepared with poop scoop bags; a dog towel and grooming brushes to keep your dog’s coat free of dirt, twigs, and bugs; a hearty supply of your pup’s favorite food and treats; pet meds, including flea and tick prevention medication; and plenty of clean drinking water for the drive.
I hope these tips have been helpful! Since our pets are a big part of our family, we always want to keep them safe and the people around them happy. Enjoy your travels with your furry friends and be safe out there!
Blue Dog RV